Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program. We are not currently accepting applications.  Applications are accepted during a prescribed time frame, typically December through February for the upcoming Fall cohort. The next opportunity to apply will be December 2017 through February 2018 for the Fall 2018 cohort. Due to the cohort nature of the program, we do not offer rolling admission.

To request to add your name to our list of prospective applicants to future cohorts, please complete an online Inquiry Form (link: Inquiry Form).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all prior graduate work
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience, preferably in a leadership role
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (taken within five years of application)

Application Requirements

  • Completed Graduate School Application
      • Non-refundable application fee
      • Official transcripts (all institutions attended)
      • Official GRE General Test scores (taken within five years of application)
  • Completed Learning and Leadership Program Application
      • Statement of Purpose Essay
      • Current resume / CV
      • Three (3) Learning and Leadership recommendations

International students, please visit the International Student Services website for details regarding the application process and eligibility requirements.

If you have questions regarding minimum admission requirements, please contact Graduate School Program Liaison, Mr. Mark Fairchild, at If you have questions regarding program delivery, please contact the LEAD Program Office at To report technical issues, please contact 

Admission Process

Following the review of complete applications, the Program Office will contact select applicants via email to schedule a video conference interview. Applicants will be notified of admission status via email. New cohort members will participate in required Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (online) during the Summer in preparation for face-to-face Induction activities. The required face-to-face Induction activities are held in Chattanooga, TN, and are typically scheduled the Friday and Saturday prior to the start of the Fall semester. Specific Induction information will be announced by the Program Office upon acceptance. 

Admission Timeline - Fall 2017 Cohort

December - February: Applications are processed by the UTC Graduate School

February 28: Application deadline (Fall 2017 cohort)

March: Complete applications are routed to the academic department for review by the Admission Committee

April: Video conference interviews are scheduled and the admission evaluation process continues

May: Applicants are notified of admission status and specific Induction information is announced to accepted participants

Summer: Required Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (including discussion forums and assigned readings) & enrollment in Fall core coursework (6 graduate credit hours)

August 18 & 19: Required face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN (typically 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET daily)