Dates & Deadlines

The Higher Education Leadership Program does not have a "rolling admission" process for submission of applications. The doctoral application deadline is February 17th for a FALL admission with the selection process occurring in March and notification of admittance given in April. There is no SPRING OR SUMMER cohorts/admission, however exceptions can be made on a case by case basis with the approval of the Higher Education Program Coordinator.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Earned bachelor's and master’s degrees from an accredited college or university.

  2. Have graduate work and experience commensurate with the student’s objectives
    as evaluated by the EDLR faculty.

  3. Additional requirements for admission and/or progress toward the degree may be
    applicable. See the Graduate Catalog from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

“Distance Education Students Residing outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU distance education programs may not be available in all states.”

Admission Requirements:

*Distance Students please check with the Concierge Service first

The bulleted items below are to be sent to the EDLR Department via
email attachment: EDLR@indstate.edu or Fax : 812-237-8041 or Mail to :

EDLR Office
Bayh College of Education,Rm 211G
Indiana State University,
Terre Haute, IN 47809

  • Department Application
  • Resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can comment on your potential as a leader.
  • Personal Narrative of professional goals and past experiences

The items below are to be submitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies:

  • College of Graduate and Professional Studies Degree Seeking Admission application submitted on-line.*****Under Intended Field of Study Choose - PHD - Ed Adm (Ldrshp Higher Ed)
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended sent to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
  • Official GRE scores (dated within 5 years of application) sent to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (so they can be scanned into the system).

Applications are due by February 17 with notification of decision by the of April. Failure to submit all of the above items in a timely manner can delay your admission decision.

GRE information:

We do not have minimum performance expectations on the GRE nor do we use GRE scores in isolation from other components of your application given that the research on its use for admissions decisions emphasizes the benefits of the GRE in combination with other application elements. However, stronger scores are always more advantageous than weaker scores. Thus, we advise that students take the time to adequately prepare for the exam, including purchasing a test prep guide, and/or consider taking a test prep course. Guide materials can be obtained from most bookstores.

The GRE can be scheduled and taken at any Sylvan or Prometric Learning Center and your unofficial scores will be available to you immediately after the exam given that the test is taken on computer. Please email your unofficial scores to the EDLR Office immediately after taking the exam to: EDLR@indstate.edu since your official scores will generally not be received by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for approximately 3 weeks.