Application Process

ATTENTION: The next deadline for submitting an application is April 1st, 2019. Those who are accepted will start the program in the fall of 2019.  

PhD Leadership Admissions Process guidelines 2019-2020

Admission into the PhD in Leadership program is highly competitive. The admissions committee reviews materials in a holistic manner, determining how well the applicant’s professional goals meet those of the program and how likely, based upon the materials submitted, the applicant will successfully complete the program.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must:

  • Have completed a master’s degree with minimum GPA of 3.00 before the term applied for begins and

If you are an international student, you will need to apply through the office of International AdmissionsContact Ellen Lewis ( for more information. If you are not an international student, further instructions are provided below.

To apply, the applicant should submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Online Graduate School application;
  • A non-refundable $25 application fee remitted to the Graduate School;
  • GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS);
  • Official transcripts from every institution the applicant attended as either an undergraduate or graduate student.

UCA Graduate School
Attn: PhD in Leadership
201 Donaghey Avenue, Torreyson West, Room 328
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501.450.3124;
Fax: 501.450.5678

In addition to Graduate School requirements, please send the following to the PhD in Leadership office:

  • A current vita or résumé;
  • Statement of Intent, explaining how the program is aligned with the applicant’s professional goals (one to three pages);
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (sent directly from the referral).

Dr. Rhonda McClellan, PhD Leadership Program Director
201 Donaghey Avenue, Mashburn 121
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501.852.0912;

Note that all items can be sent through regular mail, hand delivered, or sent via email. If sending via email, as always, the letters of recommendation need to come directly from the referral.

Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. Top candidates may be invited on campus for an interview.

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