Application Deadlines

  • January 2 (Fall semester)
  • December 2 (Spring semester)

Admission Requirements

These are general criteria; the admissions committee considers each applicant's entire portfolio. Applicants will not be considered until they have submitted a complete application packet.

Application Process

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Three to five pages (double-spaced) statement of purpose, addressing your educational philosophy, past leadership experience, and career aspirations with respect to K-12 leadership. Statements should include a portion detailing your potential research/dissertation interests and rationale, and should be connected to scholarship in the field.
  • *Three letters from individuals who can speak to your promise as a leader or as a researcher/scholar

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Additional Application Information

For PhD students applying for an assistantship, please note that most TA and GA positions are contracted for an academic year, with most funding decisions made in the spring semester.  If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, your materials must be received by January 2 for Fall Semester.

If you have missed a deadline, you may sign up for up to 6 semester hours of classes as a non-degree student.

Applicants for admission must satisfy the requirements of the Educational Leadership program and the Graduate College, which includes a residency requirement of two full-time (9 s.h. or more or three semesters of 6 s.h) registrations. Candidates will be selected on the basis of grade-point average, promise for scholarly and professional growth, GRE scores, and recommendations. Transcripts, three letters of recommendation, official GRE general test scores, and a statement of career goals are required for regular admission. Application to all graduate programs (degree or non-degree) in the College of Education requires official GRE general test scores. Complete application materials are reviewed as received for rolling admission.