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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 once a year to join a fall cohort of new doctoral students. 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.
    • 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 (submit to Office of Admissions); OR if you have at least two years of service in a leadership capacity, contact the Program Director for approval to submit alternate evidence in this category.
  • 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.  Please highlight at least three years of full-time professional work experience and at least two years of service in a leadership capacity in a professional/work, social, or civic organization.
  • 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 deadline).