|GPA: 3.5 Master's||GRE: 900/291; 4.0 (analytical writing)||
Jan 15 & Sep 15
TOEFL: 550 min written or 80 min online, OR
IELTS : 6.5 min overall score
|GRE: 147 in both verbal and quantitative; 4.0 in analytical writing||
Jan 15 & Sep 15
The PhD is designed to prepare students for university-level positions. The program prepares graduates in areas such as scholarly academic writing, college teaching, conducting educational research, and diversity in higher education. Students take general coursework across the college and specific cognate courses in educational leadership. Additional courses are customized depending on the students' particular career goals.
International Students: Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program! Either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score is acceptable. We require a minimum score of 80 for the online TOEFL exam, with minimum scores of 20 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current. For the IELTS exam, we require a minimum overall score of 6.5, with minimum scores of 6 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current.
The PhD program is 81 credit hours. Of those, 30 credits may be applied from a relevant master's degree program. The remaining 51 credit hours include 9 credits of core PhD courses, 18 credits of core educational leadership courses,12 credits of educational research courses, and 12 credits of dissertation research. Following the completion of all coursework, students take the comprehensive examination. After passing the comprehensive examination, they become candidates for the doctoral degree; they begin writing their dissertation and complete the dissertation while taking the final 12 credits. Students who complete a specific menu of educational leadership courses will also be eligible for a superintendent's endorsement through PTSB and a UW School District Certificate. The program also has a residency requirement of one semester on campus involving teaching and research activities.
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Note: Most courses for the PhD are offered through Outreach.
Additional outreach course fees: $20/credit for video or audio classes; $40/credit for online classes.
Please refer to the Outreach Tuition & Fees page for details.
To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program, an applicant must have met the GPA requirement (3.0 in Master of Arts degree program). In addition, applicants must have a minimum of 2 years K-12 educational administrative experience and demonstrated potential for research and leadership in higher education. Successful applicants for the University of Wyoming programs in Educational Leadership typically have strong references, documented evidence of potential for academic excellence, and focused career goals that align with the administrative and leadership content of our programs. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that they not only possess the required academic abilities to handle the theoretical and practical aspects of a graduate program but who also show attention to detail and thoughtfulness throughout the entire application process.
There are two application deadlines for this program: January 15 (applying for Fall semester program admittance), and September 15 (applying for Spring semester program admittance).
Step 1: Apply to UW and Professional Studies through the online applicant portal
Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts and test scores to UW Admissions