What are the admission requirements?
Letter of intent articulating professional goals
Three letters of support from:
- Previous faculty member
- Direct supervisor
- Applicant’s choosing
Official university transcripts from all schools attended and earned credit
A graduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (all graduate coursework)
At least 3 to 5 years of supervisory or budgetary full time professional experience in a higher education setting
Competitive GRE scores with minima preferred scores:
- GRE Verbal: 151
- GRE Quantitative: 142
- Writing: 3.5
Writing sample – a term paper at least 5 pages and no longer than 10 pages in length
The GRE Scores are required and cannot be replaced for any length of time in the field or other standardized test. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.
Can I balance 9 credits and a full time job?
When faculty create the courses, we recognize you are a full time employee. Additionally, the online component allows you to work at your on pace, which is more flexible than a residential program where you attend class three times a week. You could save you work for night, weekends, or mornings depending on what works best for you.
Currently, the plan of study will be set up so students are only taking two classes at a time with one class being full session and two classes being half session. This is designed to help students manage the courseload with only two classes at a time.
I do not have an academic paper any more, it's been a while since I was in school.
That is alright, we understand. Do you have anything that will demonstrate to us your writing ability? A work product, a professional paper, etc. If you are unsure, check with us!
I do not have access to my previous faculty, what should I do?
We are willing to work with students whose previous faculty may have retired and are no longer accessible. Is there someone who can speak to the same attributes as that faculty member would have? That should suffice. If not, reach out to us and we will work it out as well.
Are the GRE's required?
Yes the GRE is required, but we'll say this about the GRE requirement, it is one small component. We firmly believe students are not numbers and we evaluate the application from a holistic perspective. That’s why we have preferred scores and not minima scores. I would not worry too much about it.
Our focus is really on the writing component as we are less concerned about the qualitative and quantitative scores.
Can I waive my GRE due to work experience?
Unfortunately no. The GRE is a Departmental and Graduate School requirement for our program. We are required to have it to complete an application. With that said, it is one small component. We firmly believe students are not numbers and we evaluate the application from a holistic perspective. That’s why we have preferred scores and not minima scores. I would not worry too much about it.
My GRE scores will not be received by the deadline.
You can submit your unofficial scores while we wait for your official scores.
How do you evaluate applications?
We review applications from a holistic perspective. We take into account all experiences, scores, and past grades. Our quantitative items do not serve as an exclusionary factor.
What is considered a related field for the Masters Degree?
Considering the broad nature of higher education, any masters degree will meet this requirement.
Can I meet the three years of professional experience at the start of the program?
Yes. The three years of experience can be met at the start of the program.
Does my work experience have to be employed in Higher Education?
Ideally, your current or past work experience would be in Higher Education; however, the flexibility of this degree as well as the organizational and administrative focus does permit cross application from other professional experiences. All experiences will be reviewed by the admission committee.
Will I be able to teach in higher education with this degree?
Graduates of this program are not endorsed for full time faculty positions. The coursework and instructional experiences are not designed to prepare one for the faculty role. However, this is a terminal degree and would meet the criteria needed for a faculty position.
When are courses offered?
All courses are offered on-line through a Learning Management System that is supported 24-7.
Are the courses synchronous or asynchronous?
All of the courses are asynchronous.
Why are there limitations on how many are admitted each year?
Doctoral education, particularly the development of dissertations, is labor -intensive work. We only admit the maximum number of students we have resources to support.
How much of the course work is delivered online?
All courses are delivered online. The only time you are required to be on campus is for the 2 1/2 day orientation prior to beginning the program.
How technologically savvy do I need to be?
Basic computer literacy, willingness to learn, and access to a computer and high-speed internet access is essential. If the computer does not have a built-in camera, one needs a camera and an integrated headset and microphone to participate in classes.
How long does it take to complete the degree?
The program includes 2 years of coursework and about 1 year to work on the dissertation - the dissertation can be completed earlier than prescribed. You can find the plan of study and description of courses here.
How much does the program cost?
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, visit the Bursar's office website here for updates on graduate tuition and fees. Make sure you select the Graduate (online/net only) option.