Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program Ed.D. in Leadership Studies. The following materials are required before a decision can be made regarding admission to the program.

Admission to the Program  

All applicants must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are required to submit scanned copied of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted. 

All applicants must submit a personal statement approximately two pages in length describing their career  goals and how a leadership studies degree will assist in achieving those goals.

Three letters of recommendation and a professional or academic writing samples are also required. Applicant materials are screened by members of the program faculty and narrowed to a group that is then invited for interviews.

Application Procedures

PHASE ONESubmission of Material and Review of Application 

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Application deadlines: February 1 for fall admission and funding consideration; later applications may be considered.

PHASE TWO:  Personal Interview  

Students who are preliminarily approved for admission in PHASE ONE by the Leadership Studies graduate faculty will be invited to campus for an interview.  The purpose of the interview is to provide an opportunity for the student to articulate personal leadership philosophy as well as answer contextual questions from the Leadership Studies faculty. Faculty will address issues regarding program expectations and cohort policies, and review graduate college requirements and policies. Students who successfully complete Phase Two will be selected for full admission to the cohort to begin in the Fall Semester of the academic year. 

Admission to the Leadership Studies doctoral program is guided by a commitment to affirmative action as stated in the following University policy: Bowling Green State University is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. See also Bowling Green State University Student Handbook Policies and Procedures.

Students enroll in cohort groups and begin their program during the Fall semester.  Enrollment in coursework must commence at the identified date for each cohort.  Reapplication for readmission is required for all students failing to enroll with the cohort during the identified enrollment period.


For more information, contact Dr. Chris Willis, Program Coordinator,
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Policy,
At or call 419-372-0249.

Updated: 12/11/2023 10:38AM