Application Process

Cohort members are drawn from all sectors of education, with an emphasis on professionals in leadership positions in public schools, community colleges, and universities. To apply for the ASU on-campus cohort, applicants must hold a Master's Degree from an accredited institution. Applications are due May 1 for 2017. A completed application consists of the following:

  • A completed application form submitted with application fee;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Official transcript(s) for all college credits (undergraduate and graduate) awarded;
  • A letter of intent;
  • Evidence of three years of appropriate professional work experience; and
  • Four references from professional colleagues qualified to address your potential as a successful doctoral student;
  • Applicants should arrange for an interview with the Director of the Doctoral Program prior to completing the written application;
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) transcript, validating a competitive score on each subsection of the exam (the exam must have been taken within 5 years) with a GRE Writing score of 4.0.

Applications are submitted online. Detailed application information can be found in Graduate Admissions.

Applications and all related materials must be received in the Graduate School by May 1 (on- and off -campus) of each year. Students are typically notified of their application results within one month after the application due date.

Applicants for the off-campus cohorts which are held in Hickory and Forsyth, and offered odd-numbered years must also hold a Master's Degree from an accredited institution. The deadline for applications for Fall cohorts is May 1. For additional information, you may contact the Office of Extension & Distance Education: 1-800-355-4084 | distance@appstate.edu

Admission to the Doctoral Program is competitive. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.