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 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.
  • 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 side bar 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 at 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 rational 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 October 1 at 5:00 PM CST.

Phase Two:


We accept candidates once a year. The deadline for each year is October 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 Oct. 1, 2018). Candidates will be notified after November 1st as to acceptance. Classes will begin in January of the following year.

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 in 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.