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Application process

Candidates must apply and be accepted by Miami University's Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership. The Graduate School requires an applicant to have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 (or 3.0 in the last 60 hours).

All applications are due January 8, 2020.

Submit an electronic Graduate School application, including

  • Transcripts from the school you obtained your undergraduate degree from and any other college or university at which you have done graduate work
  • An autobiographical statement and professional vita
  • A score from the Miller Analogies Test (preferred) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test
  • Name and email address for three professional references
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee

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Additional Information About the Application

The autobiographical statement, submitted electronically with the Graduate School application, is intended to provide the admissions committee with information about your professional background and aspirations.

Your statement should include the following:

  • Describe your professional experience since receiving your baccalaureate degree
  • Describe your interest in leaderships roles in education and give some examples of your leadership accomplishments
  • Describe your professional goals and explain how our doctoral program can help you achieve them
  • Explain how you satisfy your intellectual curiosity

In addition to the information provided in your autobiographical statement, the admissions committee requires a professional vita. It should include:

  • Educational background
  • Professional experience in education and other professional experiences
  • Leadership roles
  • Presentations and publications

For domestic applicants, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score is required for admission to the LCC doctoral program.  The MAT is preferred by the department.  Scores must be less than six years old. The MAT may be taken at a college or university testing center.

Additional information about the MAT

Additional information about the GRE

Submit three references from colleagues, teachers, or peers who can attest to your professional work, potential for successful graduate study, and potential for making a positive contribution as leader in an educational context.

After the Application is Submitted

The Graduate School will evaluate your application to determine whether you meet the minimum university requirements. If you meet these standards, your application will be forwarded to the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) for further consideration. 

The EDL Admissions Committee reviews the application, grades, letters of reference, test score, and the autobiographical statement.  Students who do not meet department standards are denied admission at this stage.  Applicants who exhibit potential for academic success and who appear to have a good "fit'' between their goals and the department's program are invited to a campus interview with the EDL Admissions Committee in February or March.

Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the interview process about an admission decision.

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