Admission to the Program

To ensure a structured, objective approach in analyzing applicants in a fair and unbiased manner, a value-added rubric has been designed to assess each applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program. Using the scoring rubric, the application review committee comprised of a minimum of three faculty members will determine the applicants who will proceed to phase two of the admission process:

Phase One:

  • WTAMU Graduate School application and application fee. Please note we do not require the Texas Common Application.
  • An introductory video where you introduce yourself to the screening committee in five (5) minutes or less.
    • Create a personal YouTube channel if you do not already have one
    • Classify your video as UNLISTED so that only those who have a link may access it
    • Submit a Word document containing the link with your application materials
  • A letter of intent (no more than 500 words).
    • Introduce yourself and share any professional and personal information you think might be of value to us;
    • Explain why you have applied, what purpose this degree will serve, and your intentions regarding the degree (how you plan to use it);
    • Identify a challenging problem you faced as a working professional;
      • Describe the problem
      • Share how you addressed that problem;
    • Share with us your strategies for succeeding in the program
    • Provide us with your phone number and a private (not professional) email address;
      • If needed, additional information can be found in the sidebar under Letter and Writing Artifacts.
  • A writing artifact is required.
    • In a paper no longer than five (5) pages, please identify what you believe is the most pressing problem of practice facing rural school leaders today. This problem can be in the EC-12 area or higher education. Identify your second and third considerations (please name those problems and identify their components) and tell us why you discarded those choices to focus on the problem you chose as the most pressing problem. In other words, explain your rationale for selecting that one problem of practice rather than the others that you rejected. Share with us how you, if you were an administrator confronted with this problem, would go about solving this most pressing problem of practice.
    • The resulting paper should be from one to five (1-5) pages in length and should be formatted with 1" margins, 12 point font in Times New Roman, and double spaced.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume that describes the applicant’s education and professional experience;
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended by the applicant providing evidence of a master’s degree in education or related field;
  • A minimum of 3.25 GPA in graduate courses. (Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program with no grade less than a "B.") and;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation including at least one from a supervisor who can attest to the applicant’s leadership abilities. Recommendations will be completed through the WT applicant portal.
  • Proofread your letter of intent and writing artifact carefully and correct any grammar and punctuation errors.

All documents should be submitted to the WTAMU Applicant Portal by September 1 at 5:00 PM CST.

Phase Two:


We accept candidates once a year. The deadline for each year is September 1 of that year at 5:00 PM CST (In other words, we did not accept any applications for the beginning cohort that came in after 5:00 PM CST on Sept. 1, 2021). Candidates will be notified after November 1st as to acceptance. Classes will begin in January of the following year.

Regionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.

Notice to international applicants: Due to visa regulations regarding online programs, international students in non-immigrant F1 visa status cannot meet visa requirements while residing in the U.S. Applicants in other visa categories not required to maintain visa status through full-time enrollment are encouraged to apply. 

  • International applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency as follows: TOEFL scores are taken with the last two years with a minimum score of 550 (Paper), 213 (Computer), or 79 (Internet);  or IELTS 6.0 or greater (academic test);
    • Waivers of English proficiency may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 


Master’s degree and principal certification are required if doctoral candidates wish to certify as a Texas superintendent. For further certification information, please note that on the Texas Education Agency link the information is codified in 19 TAC §242.20

Notes About Admission:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • Students must be admitted to the program before being eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Decisions about eligibility for a doctoral scholarship or research assistantship are not made until an applicant is accepted into the program.
  • Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission in the degree program.
  • Admission into the program does not guarantee a doctoral scholarship or research assistantship.
  • Admitted applicants who do not enroll in courses for the spring semester following acceptance into the program must reapply to the University and must receive permission from the program for readmission.
  • Students should consult with the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions for additional information about the degree program.