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Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies

Admission Requirements

First class

To be considered for admission an applicant must apply to the LSU-S Graduate School and to the Leadership Studies Program in the Education Department. Candidates may be accepted twice a year for a fall or spring cohort. Applicants should:

  • Hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate work completed.
  • Submit the following to the Office of Admissions and Records:
    • A completed application for admission with application fee prior to April 30 for Fall Term; or October 5 for Spring Term.
    • Official copies of transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate college work attempted. 
      • These items must be sent directly from each institution attended. 
      • Photocopies or official transcripts from students are not acceptable.
    • Graduate School Admissions Exam (e.g., GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT) scores in at least the 50th percentile.  If scores less than 10 years old are not available, submit to the Leadership Studies program director (highlighted in your resume) ssupporting evidence of a minimum of (a) three years full-time professional work experience, and (b) two years of service in a leadership capacity in a professional, social, or civic organization.
  • Submit the following to the Leadership Studies Program Director:
    • Three letters of recommendations regarding your academic performance and potential for leadership; preferably from a supervisor or individual to whom you directly report. These items must be sent directly from each reference.
    • Statement of purpose that identifies your reason for applying, intended area of concentration or interest in leadership, and long-range career aspirations
    • Current professional resume detailing relevant job experience.
  • Successfully complete a personal interview with the Leadership Studies faculty (to be scheduled after a successful review of all other submitted application materials by the April 30 (fall) or October 5 (spring) deadlines).