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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Admission Requirements

Leadership Minor and Certificate

The Leadership Minor and Certificate program is a joint initiative between the Department of Educational Leadership and The Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs. The chair and director of these two areas share program management and oversight. The minor is open to all degree-seeking students enrolled at UT Arlington, while the certificate is available to degree and non-degree-seeking students. Interested students should initiate a request for the preparation of their program by sending an email to the following contacts:

  • Dr. Adrienne E. Hyle, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies College of Education and Health Professions, 105 Trimble Hall 817-272-0149 ahyle@uta.edu
  • Kerri Ressl, Director, The Leadership Center 817-272-9220 kerri@uta.edu

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is competitive and some qualified students may not be admitted if demand exceeds the program’s capacity to serve all applicants.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants are typically offered unconditional admission if they meet two out of the three following criteria:

1) An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) during the last 60 hours of coursework of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School or a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on 12 or more hours as calculated by the Graduate School may be used in lieu of the undergraduate GPA.

2) GRE Scores: Scores on two of the three subtests on either the revised GRE (taken after August 1, 2011) or the previous version of the GRE (taken prior to August 1, 2011) that equal or exceed the scores listed below:

GRE Scores for Unconditional Admission

Subtest New Scale (GRE scores if the examination was taken after Aug. 1, 2011)* Old Scale (GRE scores if the examination was taken prior to Aug. 1, 2011)*

Verbal

153 or higher

500 or higher

Quantitative

144 or higher

500 or higher

Analytical Writing

3.5 or higher

3.5 or higher

 

* with no score below 146 on the Verbal subtest or below 140 on the Quantitative subtest.

* with no score below 400 on the Verbal or Quantitative subtests.

3) Completed recommendation forms from three persons who can assess the applicant's aptitude, academic skills and abilities needed for success in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies master’s program.

Probationary Admission

Applicants are typically offered probationary admission if they meet two out of three of the following criteria:

1) An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) during the last 60 hours of coursework of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School or a graduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale on 12 or more hours as calculated by the Graduate School may be used in lieu of the undergraduate GPA.

2) GRE Scores: Scores on two of the three subtests on either the revised GRE (taken after August 1, 2011) or the previous version of the GRE (taken prior to August 1, 2011) that equal or exceed the scores listed below:

GRE Scores for Probationary Admission

Subtest Current GRE GRE prior to Aug. 1, 2011

Verbal

146 or higher

400 or higher

Quantitative

140 or higher

400 or higher

Analytical Writing

3.0 or higher

3.0 or higher

3) Completed recommendation forms from three persons who can assess the applicant's aptitude, academic skills, and abilities needed for success in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies master’s program.

Terms of Probation upon Acceptance: All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.5 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but whom otherwise appears to meet admissions requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant’s admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met.

In addition, if a student has been suspended from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons, that student may not be admitted or readmitted to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Certificate Only Programs

Admissions to either the Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate Programs require the following items:

  • Online application from the Office of Graduate Studies (see Applications for more details)
  • Transcripts from all previous graduate and undergraduate work, including documentation of your master’s degree

Ph.D. in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Admission to the K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. program requires admission to both the Graduate School and the Department.

Graduate School Admissions Requirements can be found here and include the following:

  • Master's degree in education or other field appropriate for the doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
  • Grade point minimum average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 from the master's degree.
  • Successful applicants for unconditional admission are expected to present a minimum of two of the following three Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: (1) verbal minimum score of 500, (2) quantitative minimum score of 500, (3) written analytical minimum score of 4.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirement for a standardized test will be considered for probationary admission status when other factors are taken into account in a holistic review.
  • A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • At least three years of documented experience in a work environment in which the primary professional responsibility at any level has been education (e.g., teaching, administration, curriculum development, professional development, post secondary education, government or private industry settings).
  • Admission is very competitive. Meeting admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Applicants who have been suspended from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons may not be admitted or readmitted to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Find the department admissions requirements here. They include:

  • A brief letter of application (one page maximum)
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vita (four pages maximum)
  • A brief explanation of your motivation for pursuing this particular doctoral degree and a discussion of how your previous experience and your future aspirations fit the goals of the program (600 words maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendations. Forms can be found here.

Applications

All applications are completed online through the Office of Graduate Studies. The application is found here.