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Responsibility for the routine administration of the policies and procedures of the EdD/PhD resides with the EdD Program Director or the Chair of Leadership Studies under the oversight of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Admission. To be considered for admission into the EdD/PhD program, prospective candidates must:
At the discretion of the Program Director, GRE or MAT test requirements may be waived for applicants with significant leadership experiences in professional settings (i.e., five or more years of experience supervising adult workers and managing budgets). In lieu of GRE or MAT test scores, professional applicants seeking a test score waiver must submit three letters of support from referees familiar with the applicant’s capacity for advanced research in an area involving organizational leadership. Students receiving a waiver on the GRE or MAT requirement must satisfy score standards on the Foundational Skills Test.
Conditional Admission. Admission into the PhD track is limited to those students who are fully admitted into or continuing in the program. An applicant who fails to meet one of the above criteria for regular admission may be admitted into the EdD track on a conditional or provisional basis. Students granted conditional admission will be required to satisfy specific conditions in order to continue enrollment in the program. These conditions include a minimum level of performance during a probationary period in which the student is allowed to earn 12 hours of program credit. Other conditions may include additional enrollment or re-enrollment in administrative courses deemed prerequisites to the program. Some students entering the program under provisional or conditional admissions status may be required to successfully participate in the program’s tutoring program while concurrently enrolled in first year classes.
Provisions for Reapplying to the Doctoral Program. A candidate whose initial application was denied admissions may reapply to the program after one full semester or 16 weeks. A person committed to being accepted into the program should work toward developing and strengthening writing, critical thinking, and computational skills. It is also essential to recognize that potential dissertation topics must be compatible with the academic interests and expertise of the program’s full-time faculty.
Based upon an assessment of all information provided by prospective candidates, admission will be granted to the limited number of places available in a given cohort.
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