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Becoming a Doctoral Student at Ashland University

Admission procedures for the Doctor of Leadership Studies are designed to recruit the highest quality professionals, representative of a culturally diverse population. A comprehensive system, including both qualitative and quantitative measures, is used to assess personal characteristics, academic skills, communications and leadership. Acceptance into the doctoral program is by cohort, and is based upon a competitive evaluation of applications.

The Doctoral Admission and Retention Committee reviews the credentials of each candidate. (See Admissions Requirements for a complete list of items needed to apply.)  Finalists who qualify will be invited for an interview with members of the Admission and Retention Committee. Interviews occur approximately 2-4 weeks after each application deadline.

All cohorts begin in May each year however prospective students can apply when it is most convenient allowing students to begin taking cognate courses if they prefer to get a jump start.

APPLICATION OPTIONS

November 1st – Applicants who submit all application materials by November 1 will be considered for admission Spring semester (January) allowing them to take one or two cognate courses and begin core doctoral coursework in May with the next cohort. Interviews will be held the first and second week of November.

April 1st – Applicants who submit all application materials by April 1 will be considered for admission Summer semester (May) and will begin core doctoral coursework in May with the next cohort. Interviews will be held on a rolling schedule January through the second week of April.

June 1st – Applicants who submit all application materials by June 1 will be considered for admission Fall semester (August) allowing them to take several cognate courses during Fall and Spring semesters and begin core doctoral coursework in May with the next cohort. Interviews will be held the first and second week of June.

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