Educational Leadership Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program in educational leadership is an intensive learning experience based upon the cohort model with a transformational leader philosophical foundation.

We are pleased that you have selected our program and are confident that your experience with us will be challenging and intellectually stimulating.

As a candidate, you are a part of a developing Ph.D. program. Approved by the Board of Regents in 1997, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is a non-traditional program offered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services to qualified applicants who desire to acquire the critical knowledge, methodologies and skills to become transformational leaders. What is most distinctive about FAMU’s Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership is that it prepares educational leaders to take a proactive role in developing educational systems and cooperative partnerships to address society’s human resource needs, particularly in rural and urban settings, for the 21st century and beyond.

Critical to the success of the Ph.D. program are the faculty members in the department who are an impressive combination of academicians and practitioners. While all are accomplished teachers, some are also noted scholars who serve on regional and national boards and commissions while others have records of outstanding experience as administrators at the school, district, higher education, and state levels. All stand ready to assist and support you in your efforts to meet the requirements for the Ph. D. degree.


The Educational Leadership Ph.D. program prepares graduates to seek leadership opportunities in educational settings.
The Educational Leadership Ph.D. program prepares graduates to seek leadership opportunities in educational settings.


Educational Leadership Ph.D. Program Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must meet the following admission requirements:

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in an educationally related area from an accredited college or university in order to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership.

A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all coursework. No grade of “C” or below will be accepted toward credit in the Ph.D. program and only two classes in which a grade of “C” or below must be repeated.

Applicants must submit current (within the last 5 years of admissions application date) GRE scores. The FAMU GRE school code is 5215. All GRE scores are submitted electronically using FAMU school code. Contact the Graduate School if you have questions regarding submission of GRE Test Scores.

Applicants must submit official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts as well as transcripts for work completed in post-secondary institutions for which no degrees were awarded.

The Graduate Admissions Office requires all applicants to use the online application portal  

Submit a completed graduate admission application with $30 non-refundable application processing fee. FAMU graduates and former students must complete Readmission form (Subject to change by FAMU).

Applicants must submit three professional references. One of the references must be from a school administrator/leader. Upload all Professional References into the Graduate School’s CollegeNET system.

Applicants must submit a statement of professional goals presented as a narrative of 1000 words or less that describes the applicant’s educational expectations, career aspirations, level of skills, and any special qualifications or experiences.

Applicants must submit a current resume

Samples of any published work completed by the applicant.

Admissions documents will be reviewed and admission recommendations from the Educational Leadership faculty will be submitted to the Chair of the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department, the Dean of the College of Education, and the Dean of Graduate Studies for further processing. After a final decision is made, the applicant will be notified of his/her application status.


Professional Leadership Potential Form

Educational Leadership Master’s Program Applicants must upload into the Graduate School’s CollegeNET system, the FAMU Educational Leadership Master’s Programs’ School Administrator/Leader Professional Leadership Potential Form.

This form is to be completed by the school administrator/leader to address the applicant’s professional leadership potential (at a minimum, demonstrated critical skills and dispositions that focus on improving student achievement in the applicant’s own classroom and demonstrable improvement of teaching effectiveness in the classrooms of colleagues as well as any other documentation of Professional Leadership Potential).

Leadership Potential Form.  



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