The PhD in Educational Leadership is designed to provide you with a strong background in leadership, policy, and research. The program prepares scholarly professionals who discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as transformational leaders.


As part of the Educational Leadership PhD program, you will work with renowned faculty members to complete at least 18 semester hours of research design, quantitative, and qualitative required methods. The program also culminates in an original research dissertation in an area of educational leadership.


For a complete list of courses and requirements

Admissions and Application

Application Deadlines

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

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative - is not required. 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

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Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. To begin the application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password

Contact Us


Application questions can be directed to: Anne Sparks, 319-335-2146,

We look forward to receiving your application!