Application/Admission Process

  • Application Process
  • Admissions Requirements (M.A., Ed.S.,Ph.D., Supt. Endorsement)
  • Admissions Requirements (Nondegree and Continuing Education)
  • Additional Requirements for International Students
  • Application Deadlines
  • Checking Your Application Status

General Admissions Information

  • GRE Requirements
  • Admissions Statistics (Ph.D)
  • Checking Your Application Status

Financial Support

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes
  • Graduate Assistantships and Program-based Funding
  • More Financial Support Information

Academic Notes

  • Transfer Credits
  • Time to Completion
  • Course Meeting Times & Format
  • Sample Schedules

Application/Admission Process

Application Process

  • If you are seeking a graduate degree (M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D., Supt. Endorsement), submit the Graduate College Application
  • If you want to enroll in graduate-level courses or workshops offered only through Continuing Education, but you aren't seeking admission to a departmental program, you should submit the Continuing Education Student Application
  • If you are not seeking a UI degree and want to enroll in classes offered through the on-campus day program (NOT offered through Continuing Education), apply as a nondegree student

Admissions Requirements (M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D., Supt. Endorsement)

  • Official Transcripts: you should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in both undergraduate and graduate work)
  • GRE scores (UI Institutional code: 6681)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume (or curriculum vitae)
  • Personal statement explaining educational and career goals
  • Evidence of significant leadership or work experience, writing ability, and fit with the program*
  • International students: official TOEFL scores (UI Institutional code: 6681)
  • A $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa

* Three years teaching experience to be eligible for the Principal licensure. Three years principal experience to be eligible for the Superintendent endorsement

Admissions Requirements (Nondegree, Continuing Education)

Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student

If you want to enroll in a limited number of graduate-level classes on Iowa's campus, but you aren't seeking admission to a degree program, apply as a nondegree graduate student. Admissions requirements, limitations, and more on the application process can be found at the Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student page at the Graduate Admissions website.

Applying as a Continuing Education Student

If you want to enroll in graduate-level courses or workshops offered only through Continuing Education, but you aren't seeking admission to a departmental program, apply as a Continuing Education student. Admissions requirements, limitation, and more on the application process can be found at the Continuing Education Student page at the Graduate Admissions website.

Additional Requirements for International Students

There are English proficiency requirements and a financial statement requirement. Additional details are available through Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadlines for all programs

Application deadline Dec 1 for Spring Semester
Faculty review materials online by Dec 15
Faculty meeting finals week to finalize decisions
Letters go out to new students by end of finals week

Application deadline April 30 for Summer Semester
Faculty review materials online by May 8
Faculty meeting finals week to finalize decisions
Letters go out to new students by end of finals week

Application deadline July 1 for Fall Semester
Faculty review materials online by July 10
Faculty meeting to finalize decisions July 25
Letters go out to new students by July 31

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

Application Deadlines for PhD applicants seeking full-time status assistantship funding

For full-time students to be considered for funding, applications must be in by January 2 for Fall Semester.

Application deadline January 2 for Fall Semester
Faculty review materials online by February 15
Faculty meeting to finalize decisions February 29
Letters go out to new students by March 1

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 seeking student.

Checking Your Application Status

If you want to check on your application status, or have questions about application materials, please contact Sue Cline (sue-cline@uiowa.edu) in the College of Education's Office of Student Services.

General Admission Information

GRE Requirement

GRE scores are required for applicants interested in obtaining a Master’s degree while pursuing licensure.

Plan ahead if you need to take the GRE. You may have to travel to take the test- convenient dates/times may not be available in your immediate area. You can start the process at www.takethegre.com/new-gre-test

Admission Statistics (Ph.D.)

  • Median GRE Verbal: 154
  • Median GRE Quantitative: 149
  • Median GRE Analytical Writing: 4.3 Median
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.30
  • Median Graduate GPA at Admission: 3.87

Checking Your Application Status

If you want to check on your application status, or have questions about application materials, please contact Sue Cline (sue-cline@uiowa.edu) in the College of Education's Office of Student Services.

Financial Support

Tuition and Fees

Accurate information about tuition and fee rates can be found on the Office of the Registrar Tuition and Fees page. Select the appropriate session and select the Graduate College. Then under “Filter by Curricular College,” select the College of Education. Assistantship rates (salary and tuition scholarships) for graduate assistantships that honor the COGS union collective bargaining agreement are available on the Office of the Dean's Finance page.

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

Establishing yourself as an Iowan for tuition purposes has cost saving benefits. Detailed information can be found on the Residency page at the Office of the Registrar's website.

Graduate Assistantships and Program-based Funding

M.A.

The M.A. program does not offer program-based financial aid. However, you may be eligible for needs-based aid (and other forms of grants and scholarships) offered through the College of Education or University of Iowa Office of Financial Aid.

Ed.S. and Ph.D.

Full-time students interested in being considered for assistantships/funding, must submit their application by January 2 for Fall Semester. Students seeking admission for Spring Semester will not be considered for funding until the following Fall Semester.

More Financial Support Information

College of Education

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Academic Notes

Transferring Credits

M.A.

Generally, the program does not allow master’s level credits/coursework to be transferred from another institution and be applied toward the program core. However, you may submit a syllabus to be reviewed by a program faculty member if you believe you have already taken a leadership course comparable to those in our sequence.

NOTE: *Iowa Administrator Licenses and Renewal Requirements*
In order to be eligible for an Iowa administrator license, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold or be eligible for an Iowa teaching license
  • Verify three years of teaching experience
  • Completion of the requirements for an administrative endorsement
  • Completion of a master’s degree (You will earn a master's degree in Educational Leadership as part of the principal licensure program. Master's degrees from other academic areas will only be considered as part of the EdS or PhD applications.)

Ed.S. and Ph.D

Generally, all master’s level credits (taken to fulfill an education related masters or licensure) may be transferred and applied toward the elective credit requirement of the program. For example, you may transfer up to 30 S.H. of master’s credit to fulfill the Ph.D. elective requirement.

Time to Completion

M.A.

The M.A. program is set up for flexibility. Students may progress through the program at their own pace, without the limitations of a cohort model. Therefore, students may take as few as one class, or enroll as full-time students (as their time and resources permit). Most students complete the program in 2-3 years, taking classes part time.

Ph.D.

A full-time student (9 credit hours per semester) may finish the coursework in 3 to 4 years. Time to complete a dissertation varies, averaging 2 years. Complete Ph.D. completion data for the Educational Leadership Ph.D. is available on the College of Education's Doctor of Philosophy Program Data page.

Course Meeting Times & Format

M.A.

The program is offered entirely online (synchronously). Classes "meet" online in the late afternoon, during the week.

Ed.S. and Ph.D.

Class times vary by course and by semester. Many courses are available in the late afternoon. Some courses are available online, and on Saturday. Check MyUI for course times/availability.

Tentative course offerings for this program are available at Educational Leadership Projected Program Course Offerings. Specific class days and times are determined 2-4 months in advance.

The program classes are offered on a semester basis. Summer classes are more intensive and meet more often and/or for longer periods of time. Some university department/programs offer courses “off-cycle” (intensive 4-6 weeks nested within the regular semester). Depending on the cognate chosen by the student, taking these courses may increase or shorten time to completion.