Ph.D. Criteria

Thank you for your interest in joining the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development Ph.D. program.  The Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Resource Development (LHRD) is a research-based degree for individuals interested in advanced practice in LHRD, conducting and publishing applied and basic research, and/or teaching at the college level.  This page describes the admission criteria for our program.  We make every effort to review application materials as quickly as possible.  In order to do so, you will need to submit several pieces of information.  Failure to submit ALL of the documents listed below in a timely fashion will slow the admission decision. 

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume or C.V.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Post-baccalaureate transcripts
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Personal statement expressing your interest in the program. This document of 1,000 words or less provides the admissions committee with information allowing them to become more acquainted with you and your interests. Your statement should address the following questions
  1. What do you want to study in our Ph.D. program?  We see leadership and human resource development as logically connected and mutually supportive areas of study and practice.  Both fields have their origins in the social sciences (psychology, sociology), the humanities (ethics, philosophy), and professional and applied fields (organization development, education).  Both are multidisciplinary academic fields and both are developmental insofar as they seek to create positive change in people, organizations, and communities. Within this broad sphere of research, theory, and practice where do your interests lie?  Why does this make you a good match for our program? 

  2. What are your research interests?  Our Ph.D. program offers a research-oriented degree in which the completion of a research-based dissertation is the capstone achievement.  Describing your research interests will help our faculty gauge areas of overlap between your interests and theirs.  Therefore, please provide a statement of your potential research interests.  In doing so, try to situate your research interests within the larger fields of leadership and human resource development, articulate one or more broad questions you are interested in answering, and describe why the question or questions are important.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements: Admission to the MS program requires:

  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the last half (60 hours) of undergraduate coursework.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate coursework.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirements: The minimum GRE score for admission to the Ph.D. program is 300 (verbal + quantitative). 

Deadlines: We have rolling admissions and admit students to the program throughout the year according to the following deadlines:

Applications for fall admission are due by March 15
Applications for spring admission are due by October 15
Applications for summer admission are due by March 15


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