Application deadline for Ph.D. in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement

Fall 2022 admission deadline is February 8, 2022.

Application deadline for financial support

Most of the financial support available to graduate students is based within individual programs. In addition, a limited amount of financial support is available from The Graduate School and is based upon nominations from individual programs. To allow sufficient time for your program to nominate you for Graduate School fellowships, your application (including all uploads and attached test scores) needs to be complete by December 15.

Application Process

The application process for the doctoral programs are administered through the Graduate School through an online admission application through which all application materials are submitted.

Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application — including the application fee, letters of recommendation, transcripts — is complete by the application deadline.

Your application will be reviewed after the complete application is submitted and the application fee is received. By applying to UNC-Chapel Hill, consent is granted to university staff to obtain any additional or missing information as needed, including campus safety information.

Each offer of admission is specific for the term stated in the admission letter. If you do not register for classes, you must apply again in a subsequent semester. Contact the admissions office for questions about deferrals of admission offers.

Required materials for Ph.D. applicants:

  • School of Education online application
  • Application fee (non-refundable $95)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor (principal or director)
  • Statement of purpose (2 pages single spaced)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official GRE scores (must be valid within last 5 years)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (International students only, must be valid within last 2 years)
  • Suggested but not required: Writing sample of 10 pages and 2 years of professional experience in educational setting