Future Students

We are pleased that you are considering our graduate programs in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education. Our online application process is ApplyYourself. Click here to apply through the graduate school. If you are applying for the MSA or Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision programs, additional requirements are described below. Questions about your application or any of our graduate programs should be directed to the respective program coordinator.

At NC State University, we recognize the importance of diverse perspectives and learning styles. Your intellectual input and unique cultural background will contribute to the richness of our intellectual environment and to the diversity of our student body. We appreciate your interest in our programs. Please note that our programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 100, which is higher than the score of 85 that is set by the Graduate School at NC State University. Since we require considerable reading, writing, and verbal interaction in our programs, we have adopted this minimum score to improve your probability of successful completion of our degrees. (For those of you who have already earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, you may be exempted from submitting the TOEFL score, so please pay attention to the Graduate School's waiver policy.)

Lance Fusarelli, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs
Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education

Required Application Materials-through ApplyYourself only.  Hard copies will not be accepted. 

  • Personal Statement

        Masters Students:

  • Personal statement (1-2 pages) that describes your career experiences, future personal goals, and how a degree in the desired discipline will affect your career goals (uploaded in Apply Yourself)

        Doctoral Students:

  • Members of the Doctoral Admissions Committee in each area will review all applications to the Ph.D. program. Many factors are taken into consideration in the decision process, including the personal statement that all applicants submit.
  • Your statement should be typed, single-spaced, and should be between two to three pages and address the following:

1) Identify your current career goals and aspirations to improve education and society and indicate how the program to which you are applying could help you fulfill those goals and aspirations.

2) A successful dissertation is an important contribution to knowledge to help solve problems facing education and advance equity. One role of the Ph.D. program is to guide students as they work to become scholar leaders able to make such contributions. Please describe your research interest or focus that you would like to pursue as a doctoral student (be as specific as possible).

3) Identify your experiences that could help you succeed and also benefit others in a PhD program.   

  • Your professional résumé (uploaded in ApplyYourself)

  • Transcripts from all institutions attended except NC State University. Unofficial transcripts are to be uploaded into ApplyYourself.  If admitted, official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School before admission is confirmed. Please DO NOT send any transcripts to the department.  The Graduate School receives all application materials.

  • Three recommendations from persons who can attest to your scholarly aptitude and motivation. (All must be submitted through “ApplyYourself”).

Additional Program Requirements: (only MSA and Ed.D. in EAS)


  • 3 years teaching experience in a K-12 environment
  • One recommendation must be from current supervisor

Ed.D.-Educational Administration & Supervision

  • North Carolina Principal's license or be eligible to receive one
  • One recommendation must be from current supervisor

Deadlines for receipt of ALL application materials (including official test scores)

  • Principal Fellow applicants may apply at any time; application will be reviewed when complete.
  On-Campus or DE Accepted Exams Application Deadline Program Coordinator
Ed.D.-Educational Administration & Supervision On-Campus GRE or MAT February 1st

Dr. Susan Faircloth

Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis specialization** On-Campus GRE Applications suspended for Fall 2016; will reopen for Fall 2017  
Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-HED specialization ** On-Campus GRE December 1st Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach
Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-ACCE specialization ** On-Campus GRE December 1st Dr. Susan Barcinas
Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-WHRE specialization ** On-Campus GRE or MAT December 1st

Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher

Ed.D.-Adult & Community College Education Charlotte Cohort GRE Next Cohort - To be Announced Dr. James Bartlett
MSA-Master of School Administration On-Campus GRE or MAT February 1st

Dr. Gregory Hicks

M.Ed.-Higher Education Administration On-Campus GRE December 1st Dr. Tiffany Davis
M.Ed., M.S.-Adult & Community College Education On-Campus GRE or MAT February 1st (Fall)
September 20th (Spring)

Dr. Sue Barcinas

M.Ed.-Training & Development Distance Education (Online) GRE or MAT February 1st (Fall)
September 20th (Spring)
Dr. Chad Hoggan
Certificate in Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology Distance Education (Online) N/A * Rolling Dr. Chad Hoggan

* Certificate students are not required to submit test scores or recommendations.

** These areas of study are simply "options".  They will not show up on their transcript/diploma in anyway.  The transcript will show PhD in ERP, not the program area.

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