Educational Leadership Ph.D Application Info

Educational Leadership Ph.D Application Info

Educational Leadership

Application Requirements for Ed.S. Applicants

Three annual application cycles are available for the Ed.S. degree, with application deadlines of November 1, April 1, and July 1.

In order to be considered for admission all required materials must be received by the deadline dates, and students must meet the minimum criteria established. Applicants will be selected based upon meeting the criteria and personal fit to the program goals and objectives. The total number of applicants accepted will depend upon the quality of individual applicants as well as available resources to support students in the program.

Application packages must be complete and contain the following items:
Part A:

  1. Graduate Application Form
  2. Official GRE scores (for the General GRE exam, WMU's GRE code is 1902). *Applicant must have scores within the 40th percentile or better for the GRE Verbal Reasoning, GRE Quantitative Reasoning, and GRE Analytical Writing components. If applicants do not meet these test score minimums, they must add a page within their "Career and Professional Goals Narrative" that addresses this concern, describing how they would secure assistance with their writing and/or mathematical skills (as needed) to successfully complete the program, and justifying why they should be considered for this program.
    Note: Applicants with at least 5 years of professional career or leadership experience may request a waiver from taking the GRE by following these procedures: GRE Waiver Criteria and Process
  3. One Official Transcript from every higher education institution you have ever attended (except WMU), even if you did not receive a completed degree from them.
    * Applicant must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better as indicated on an official transcript.

Send Part A to:
Office of Admissions, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5211

Part B:

  1. Two Graduate Reference Forms pdf, completed by 2 different individuals in a position to address the applicant’s ability to successfully complete Ed.S.-level work.
  2. Professional Vita or Resume with a detailed summary of leadership experience. An applicant must have three years of professional career or leadership experience.
  3. Career and Professional Goals Narrative in which an applicant clearly describes his/her professional goals, and how this Ed.S. program fits with those goals (Note: this narrative should be no more than 4 double-spaced pages, and will be considered as a writing sample from the applicant. It must also include information noted above if an applicant's GRE scores are below the minimum required).
  4. Completed Program Concentration Selection Form Microsoft Word (This document may be saved to your computer, completed on screen, saved again, and attached to an e-mail).

Send Part B to:
Diane Bourgeois, Graduate Program Coordinator
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5283
Or drop off at 3571 Sangren Hall

All of the general GRE exam scores must be submitted by the application deadline. GRE tests are offered daily at testing centers. It often takes several weeks to schedule a testing time and it takes at least three weeks for your results to be sent to the University. So please keep this in mind as you prepare your application.

Questions? Contact (269) 387-3896


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
3571 Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5283 USA
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