How to Apply
Admission to this program is based on a variety of factors to include academic achievement, the probability of success in performing doctoral-level work, and perceived fit with the cohort experience. Admission is based on the following criteria.
- Written Letter of Intent: Applicants will provide a brief cover letter outlining
their priorexperiences that prepared them for graduate study and their objectives in pursuing a doctorate from UTEP’s Educational Leadership program.
Vita/Resume: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitathat lists educational degrees, work experience and other information relevant to the application.
- Letters of Recommendation: Applicants will furnish a minimum of three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess their scholarly potential, past academic performance, and leadership skills.
- Statement of Personal Belief: Applicants will provide a written statement of their personal beliefs related to significant educational leadership issues. This statement also should outline relevant past experiences that have led the applicant to this point in their academic career, and describe future goals related to the completion of the doctorate in educational leadership and administration.
- Completion of a Master's Degree: Students entering the doctoral program should have completed a master's degree in educational administration or
leadership,or an equivalent field.
- Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate
course workthat documents academic performance. Generally, a minimum grade point average of at least 3.25 on all graduate-level course workis expected.
- TOEFL: International applicants for whom English is not a primary language also must provide evidence of acceptable scores (minimum of 550) attained on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). With permission of the department, students scoring lower than 550 may apply to the program providing they are attending formal English classes and attain a score of 550 within a year. International students seeking a graduate assistantship need to attain a score of 600. Applicants may submit scores of tests taken within the previous two years.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Applicants must submit verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores from the GRE General Test. Scores must accompany the application. For GRE schedules, call the GRE Center at 800-473-2255 or the Prometric Center in El Paso at 915-842-7500.
- Additional Information: Applicants may submit any additional information (publications, papers submitted in graduate courses, etc.) that might enhance the application.
- Faculty Interview: After the faculty has received the completed applications, selected applicants will be invited to meet with members of the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations’ doctoral faculty prior to the determination of final admission status.
Application Deadline: March 15th
Materials related to your application should be sent to two different offices:
Submit the following materials to the Graduate School:
- Graduate School Admissions Application (you can apply online at (www.utep.edu/graduate)
- Official transcripts of completed undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing scores.
- TOEFL exam results for international students
- Letter of intent
- Curriculum vitae/resume
double-spacestatement of personal beliefs regarding educational leadership, which includes short- and long- termcareer goals and aspirations (maximum 1,500 words)
- Three reference letters that focus on applicant achievements, leadership ability and aptitude for graduate study
- Any additional information (publications, papers submitted in graduate courses, etc.) that may enhance the application
For further information about the program, contact:
Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations
Education Building, Room 501
Phone: 915-747-5300 / Fax: 915-747-5838