Doctor of Education Program Requirements

Higher Education Administration

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application (for the correct term) is complete by the date listed (including reference letters). Applications not fully completed will not be reviewed.

Application Deadlines

January 15 - Fall/Summer

September 15 - Spring

Minimum Requirements to Apply to the Program

Minimum of 3 years of full-time experience in higher education or a closely related field.

Completed Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in any field. 

Minimum Graduate GPA: 3.0

GRE scores: 151 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.0 analytical writing.


International Students
TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 80 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
GRE: 151 in verbal, 153 quantitative; 4.0 in analytical writing


GRE: The GRE IS REQUIRED for consideration into the doctoral program, unless you meet the requirements listed below for a GRE waiver. 

If you do not have GRE scores to submit, and you do not meet the requirements of the waiver, please consider applying to the Community College Leadership Certificate program instead.

*The GRE requirement may be waived under the following conditions:

  • Applicant has a minimum of 4 years full-time Higher Education Administration experience at the director (or higher) level.


  • Applicant is the first or sole author on a peer-reviewed journal article or is the first or sole author on at least two edited book chapters. No other publications or writing samples will be considered.


  • Applicant is a graduate of UW's Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration Program or has completed UW's Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate.

*The GRE waiver application is available starting with September 15, 2022 applicants. 

Applicants must request that the GRE be waived in writing and must provide evidence of at least one of the above criteria as part of their application packet. Please upload the GRE waiver request to the GRE scores section of your application packet. 

*If you request a GRE waiver and it is not approved, you must take the GRE prior to the next admission cycle.

** This is a high demand degree program and admission to the program is competitive.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure that an individual will be admitted.

** Preference in admission to this program is given to individuals working in higher education in the state of Wyoming (University of Wyoming or Wyoming community colleges).  Applications from individuals in other educational settings will be considered for admission provided that there is space available in the program to accommodate additional students. 

How to Apply

Please refer to the Application Guidelines while completing your application.

Step 1: Apply to UW and the School through the online applicant portal.

  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal. Make sure to use the corresponding application admittance semester indicated above.
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password.
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the application fee
  5. Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (see below for details)

Step 2: Submit official transcripts from all colleges, and official GRE test scores to UW Admissions.

  • Official GRE scores should be sent directly from GRE Reporting to UW Admissions.
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be requested and sent to UW Admissions at the following address:

    UW Office of AdmissionsKnight Hall 150Department 3435, 1000 E. University AvenueLaramie, WY 82071Phone: (307) 766-5160Toll Free: (800) 342-5996E-mail:

    Note: Please do not wait to have ALL colleges send official transcripts to Admissions. It is University policy that the UW Admissions Office require official transcripts from every college you have attended. This includes your undergraduate transcript, AND all colleges that you have transferred coursework in from. This process can take some time to request, send, receive, and process. 

    If you attended UW, you do not have to contact UW Admissions Office to send official transcripts to UW. They will know to "pull' them, when you are admitted. 
    Official copies of GRE scores should be sent directly from GRE Reporting to UW Admissions.


Required Documents

Please include ALL documents listed below in order for your application to be considered. (see Guidelines)

  • An application letter or personal statement describing career goals related to higher education leadership
  • A current resume or CV
  • A completed UW graduate application
  • Three recommendation letters from those who are knowledgeable of your current or potential leadership skills (the portal will send a request to each of them after you enter their email addresses)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (official transcripts should be sent to UW Admissions)
  • Applicants requesting that the GRE be waived must do so in writing as part of the application packet. Please upload to the GRE section of your application.
Contact Us:


Jonathan Carrier

Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program Coordinator
(307) 766-6400

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