Application Process

Admission into the PhD in Leadership Studies 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 $45 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.
  • 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).

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

The PhD Leadership Studies Admissions Committee evaluates items submitted for review in a weighted manner in this order (greatest importance to least importance): 1) professional aspirations alignment with the program’s vision; 2) demonstrated writing ability; 3) GPA and GRE (with preferred minimum scores of 153 on verbal, 144 on quantitative, and 4.5 on writing), and 4) references.

If you would like to contact the PhD in Leadership Studies office directly, please contact:

Dr. Louis Nadelson, PhD Leadership Program Director
201 Donaghey Avenue, Mashburn 235
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501.450-3254;

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

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