have earned a master's degree or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the specific doctoral program
have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years)
have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for all graduate-level coursework
present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
submit an updated resume showing at least two years of experience in higher education or in a related agency/organization
What qualities do you possess and what experiences have you had that demonstrate you have the potential to become an educational leader?
Think about a problematic situation you have faced related to one of the goals of the EAF Department. Write a brief description of the problem and then provide a possible interpretation and/or resolution of the problem from at least two different perspectives.
How do your professional and academic goals relate to the stated goals, curriculum, and focus of the Illinois State University educational administration program? Why have you selected this program?
In what areas above do you need more experiences or knowledge? Describe how you anticipate the Illinois State University program can help you gain the knowledge and experiences to address those needs.
What qualities do you possess that demonstrate you have the ability, support system, and commitment to complete the rigors of doctoral study and independent research?
submit an academic/research writing sample
Submit two professional letters of reference. You will be asked to submit their contact information while applying on the on-line system. At least one letter should come from an academic source. A second letter may come from a supervisor/administrator. Additional letters may be included. The letters MUST address the following with examples or details:
Leadership experiences and ability to make a difference as a higher education leader including the ability to work with colleagues and staff as a team;
Communication skills and demonstrated academic writing ability that displays analytical and critical thinking strengths; and
Potential to conduct academic research independently
Admission Dates and Deadlines
Complete applications must be submitted by Friday, April 17, 2020 by 5 p.m. Interviews will be conducted May 18-June 5 on campus or video conference calls. Applicants will receive admissions decision no later than June 12.