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Contact Us

Talk with Graduate Admissions.

Call Us: 419.289.5738
Call Us: 1.800.882.1548 x5738
E-mail: grad-admissions@ashland.edu

Are you an International Student?

Email us at: international-admissions@ashland.edu

The Doctoral Admission and Retention Committee will review the credentials of each candidate, focusing on the following requirements:

Applicants for the Doctor of Education degree must:

A. Possess a master's degree from an accredited institution;

B. Have a cumulative post-baccalaureate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

C. Must possess the ability to identify a longitudinal action research project within a business, community or service organization that will serve toward the student's mentorship & segue into the dissertation.

D. International students must possess a minimum IELTS score of 7.0,  TOEFL iBT score of 84,  TOEFL PBT score of 563  or  PTEA score of 59.

The admissions portfolio for each candidate consists of five items:

  1. Two letters of reference (1 academic and 1 professional with examples of leadership competencies);
  2. An approximately two-to-three page personal statement describing your past successful administrative experience and/or documented evidence of leadership activities, your career goals and reasons for wishing to undertake a doctoral program of study.  Some examples of leadership competencies include:

    • peer leadership roles/positions
    • leadership in writing curriculum
    • leadership - supervising instruction
    • specific administrative assignments/positions/committees/chair role
    • leadership in professional organizations
    • grant writing
    • program administration and/or administration of extracurricular programs
  3. A complete resume/CV which includes work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors, professional publications or presentations, and other relevant information relating to the applicant's leadership background;
  4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study.
  5. A sample of writing ability approximately five pages in length.

The admissions interview for each chosen candidate consists of two items:

  1. A 30-minute, online interview with the Leadership Studies doctoral program faculty.
  2. A timed writing sample wherein applicants are given one hour to compose a response, in writing, to a brief, general prompt related to leadership.

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