Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership Interview and Decision Dates

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member in their concentration area to discuss the program before applying. Applicants must be available on the interview dates below.

The cycle 1 admissions deadline for students starting the program in Fall 2023 (students may request to take summer courses) is January 15, 2023. The second admissions cycle for Ph.D. in EDLD with deadline of March 3, 2023. Please note: The second cycle is for students who are NOT seeking funding for their first year (2023-24).  

For more information, contact Dr. Donna Talbot.

Procedure for students applying for start date Fall 2023


Admissions Cycle 1

Admissions Cycle 2*

Applicants must submit all required materials within the online application on or before:


Jan. 15, 2023


March 3, 2023

Applicants will be notified if they have been chosen for the candidate pool by:


Feb. 4, 2023



Individuals chosen to be in the candidate pool will be interviewed by faculty members on:


Feb. 17, 2023,

Feb. 21, 2023


March 30, 2023

April 3, 2023


Applicants will be notified about the status of their application (accepted, waiting list, or not accepted) by:


March 11, 2023


April 11, 2023


Accepted applicants will need to notify the department of their intent to enroll in the educational leadership doctoral program by:


April 15, 2023



Doctoral orientation (ALL Doctoral students are expected to attend this orientation-either virtual or in-person)




*Second admissions cycle

The EDLD PhD Program will offer a second admissions cycle this year (for students who wish to start their doctoral program in fall 2023) with an application deadline  March 3, 2023; interviews will be held March 30 and April 3. Applicants will be notified about final decisions no later than April 11. Please note that this second admissions cycle is only for students who do NOT need funding for their first year (2023-24); all deadlines for funding will have passed, and monies already allocated. 

Questions? Contact the EDLD Unit Head, Dr. Donna Talbot; a telephone or WebEx conversation can be arranged.