Application Details

Application procedure

1) Complete the online application.

2) Submit the following materials with your online application:

  • CV or resume, including:
    • Personal Information (address, phone, email)
    • Employment history and educational background
    • Relevant research experiences and volunteer work
    • Presentations, publications, honors or awards
    • Membership/leadership in professional organizations
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or in academic settings (they cannot be friends or relatives). Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations alumni of the master’s and Educational Specialist in PK-12 Education Administration degree programs are not required to submit new letters.
    • Evaluators should address your suitability for doctoral level studies, interpersonal skills and other information relating to your professional or academic performance.
    • Letters of recommendation should be on official letterhead.
  • Autobiographical statement — a two-to-three-page statement outlining your professional goals and interests, including your research knowledge and experiences, and how the doctorate degree may result in achieving your goals.
  • Academic writing sample reflecting a high proficiency in academic writing. The sample may be a previous course paper, a chapter from a thesis, published article, etc.

Application deadlines

  • Dec. 15 for spring entry
  • The program admits a cohort of students every other Spring Semester.
  • Approximately 10-20 students are accepted each program cycle.
  • The application fee is waived for UMKC alumni.

Still Have Questions?

Consult the Academic Catalog for a detailed description of this program, including student learning outcomes, course descriptions and program requirements, or email our program contact for more information.

Loyce Caruthers, Ph.D.

Program coordinator, professor and chair