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PhD Educational Leadership

Offered at the University Center of Greenville


The PhD in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide students with a strong background in five domains: (a) leadership, (b) research, (c) policy, (d) ethics, and (e) diversity. As the highest academic degree granted by Clemson University, the PhD is designed to prepare students to become scholars who discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as leaders in schools and post-secondary and community educational institutions and agencies. This is accomplished through close association with and apprenticeship to faculty members experienced in research, teaching, and a variety of leadership roles in the field of education. Program Requirements: In accordance with departmental policy, the program of study in Educational Leadership will include a minimum of 58 graduate-level course credits beyond the master’s degree and an 18-hour dissertation project including: • Program Core – 18 hours • Research and Assessment Methodology – 16 hours • Concentration – 18 hours • Internship – 3 hours • Cognates – 6 hours • Dissertation – 18 hours Admission Requirements: • Online application. • Baccalaureate and master’s degrees from accredited institutions. • The cover letter must be two or three (2-3) pages in which candidate discusses (1) reasons for

Application Deadline: Regular application deadlines are October 1


pursuing the PhD degree in Educational Leadership, particularly as related to career and professional goals, i.e. elementary and secondary education or higher education, (2) one or more issues on which the candidate might like to do research, and (3) distinguishing characteristics that demonstrate candidate’s potential for success in this program. This letter will be evaluated as a writing sample. • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if recommended for admission). • Three letters of recommendation. • Current curriculum vita. • Competitive GRE score (within five years of application date). • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students.

1 for Spring admissions and March 1 for Summer/Fall admissions.


For Additional Information: Financial Aid www.clemson.edu/financial-aid Graduate Record Exam (GRE) www.ets.org/gre Graduate School Admissions www.grad.clemson.edu/Admissions.php PhD – Educational Leadership www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/education/ academics/graduate/p-12.html Tuition and Fees www.grad.clemson.edu/programs/tuition.php University Center of Greenville www.UCgreenville.org

Contact Information: P-12 Focus Hans Klar, PhD (864) 656-5091 • hklar@clemson.edu Higher Education Focus Pam Havice, PhD (864) 656-5121 • havice@clemson.edu Claire Cappio University Center of Greenville Student Services Manager (864) 250-8880 cappio@clemson.edu

Clemson University is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Baccalaureate, Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Questions related to accreditation should be directed to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; phone 404-679-4501.


PhD Educational Leadership