- Students must hold a Master's degree in education or a related field from an accredited
institution of higher education.
- Students applying for the K-12 Administration specialization must hold a Pa. Administrative
or Supervisory Certificate at the time of admission.
- Completed online application at www.wilkes.edu/applyonline
- Current resume or curriculum vita
- Copies of certifications or licenses, if applicable
- Two references
- Official college transcripts
- Scholarly or professional project, product, or paper with an abstract attesting to
how this submission reflects the applicant's potential for leadership and scholarship
at the doctoral level
International applicants, please click here.
Submit application materials to:
84 W. South Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18766
After all application materials are received, a review and evaluation of the documents
will take place.
Applicants meeting the admissions criteria after a review of the application documents
will be invited for an interview with a faculty committee.
At the time of the interview, applicants will complete an extemporaneous writing sample
as part of the admissions process.
Applicants will again be reviewed and evaluated, and those meeting the program’s admissions
criteria will receive notification of conditional acceptance into the program. The
fall semester and year of the conditional acceptance begins the 7-year time-frame
to complete the degree, which includes dissertation and its successful defense.
After successful completion of 12 credits (9 core leadership credits and 3 credits
in educational research) and before the completion of 24 credits in the program, students
must take and pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) to be fully accepted
into the program.
Students may be permitted to transfer 18 credits acquired post-master’s toward the
doctoral degree pending a review of transcripts from accredited institutions. Formal transfer credit reviews occur after the application and interview process and
an offer of conditional admittance to the program is made to the student.
Credits being considered for transfer must be posted on a graduate transcript after
the date of the award of the Master’s degree from an accredited institution. Transfer
credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the doctoral program
at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing
Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi in cases in which
the course descriptions are inconclusive.
Wilkes retains the right to decline transfer credit for courses that are integral
to doctoral program goals and to the attainment of learning outcomes and student success
on benchmark assessments which occur throughout the program.
Students from other doctoral degree programs, students holding professional practice
doctoral degrees, and Pennsylvania educators who hold a K-12 Superintendent's Letter
of Eligibility obtained through post-master's or doctoral level graduate coursework
may be admitted on a continuous basis pending acceptance to the program.
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