The PhD program in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of educational leaders in school districts, higher education institutions, and non-governmental organizations through rigorous coursework. Although this program is offered in the College of Education, it attracts candidates from various career fields such as the military, non-profit organizations, business, state agencies, the ministry, as well as P-20 educational organizations. This innovative program combines challenging coursework with collaborative faculty-student research labs to prepare students for successful completion of a dissertation and professional application of leadership, research, and policy skills and knowledge.
The 3-year PhD program is designed for working professionals to:
As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self-knowledge and world-view. You will develop the competencies and strategies to lead others. You will learn how to guide a professional team as you integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of an organization and create a plan for success. You will explore the political and social implications of education and the educational requirements of contributing to a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others.
Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.
Application for admission to the PhD in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy program begins with completion of the online Graduate application found at: Apply Now! The online application and all additional required materials must be completed and uploaded into your application by the application deadline. The deadline also applies to having your transcripts, GRE scores, and recommendation materials in by the application deadline. The early admission priority deadline is January 15; the final deadline is March 15.
1. Within the online application, you will need to:
**PLEASE notify your recommenders of the deadline, as we cannot accept recommendation materials after the deadline.
2. Graduate Record Exam: In addition, submit scores of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years. Scores from the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sub-tests are required. There are no cutoff scores for the GRE sub-tests or composite score. GRE scores will contribute to an index score, which will be considered in admissions decisions. Please have official scores for the GRE sent directly to UCCS. The UCCS school code for the GRE is 4874. The GRE department code is 3999. If we have not received your GRE scores by the application deadline, your application will not be complete and we will not be able to consider you for admission.
3. Official Transcripts: Domestic students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the:
Office of Admissions
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733
For other documents if needed:
Additional items of note for International applicants: English proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based), or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office. The Office can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-719-255-5018.
Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country's Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/members.htm) or World Education Services/WES https://www.wes.org/).
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.
CAREER GOALS STATEMENT FOR ONLINE APPLICATION: Please upload your career goals statement into your online application. Your statement should respond to the questions listed below in a narrative format. In other words, this statement should be in essay form, not in the form of individual answers for each question. Please limit your narrative to 1500 words.
This cohort program begins each FALL semester:
Selection of a university and a doctoral program of study is an important decision. Therefore, prospective students are encouraged to meet and consult with a department faculty advisor prior to the application process. Students should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and special circumstances with a member of the faculty by contacting the COE Student Resource Office at email@example.com or 719-255-4996.
To be considered for admission to the PhD in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy cohort program, prospective students must complete the following procedures: