Application Process

ATTENTION: The next deadline for submitting an application is April 1st, 2016.  Those who are accepted will start the program in Fall of 2016. 

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.

Admissions Process Guidelines 2016-17

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

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;
  • Official transcripts from every institution the applicant attended as either an undergraduate or graduate student;
  • GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS);
  • A current vita or resumé;
  • Statement of Intent, explaining how the program is aligned with the applicant’s professional goals (one to three pages);
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (mailed directly from the referral).


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

Please submit the graduate school application (online), transcripts, and GRE scores to

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


Please submit the letter of intent, vita/resume, and letters of recommendation to

Dr. Rhonda McClellan, PhD Leadership Program Director
201 Donaghey Avenue, Mashburn 235
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501.852.0912; email:

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