Educational Leadership


Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral EDD EDLR Fall* February 14, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 13, 2022 (Recommended)
Graduate Coordinator Program Coordinator:  Dr. Chris Scott (
Address School of Education
CB# 3500, Peabody Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-2511
Degree Requirements Masters Degree
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. One from your immediate supervisor, one from a person who can speak to your academic work, and one who knows your professional work and background.

Ask your references to speak to your leadership experience and potential and ask them to provide specific examples in their letters, especially of experiences or activities in which they have observed your leadership.

Transcripts from all post-secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions, extensions programs, study abroad and four-year universities) are required to be uploaded in the application. Each applicant should obtain an unofficial copy of their transcripts and either upload the document directly if it is in an accepted format or scan it into a file that can be uploaded. It is the responsibility of the applicant to view each upload and make sure it is clear and legible. If a degree was earned at any postsecondary institution, the transcript upload must show proof of degree.

Admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions to The Graduate School as well as the School of Education.

Statement of Purpose

Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose

Please share the story of your background and experiences, professional interests and goals, and purpose for pursuing the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Program and UNC Chapel Hill.  This essay is an opportunity for the committee to know you and to assess your composition skills.  While there is no minimum or maximum length, we suggest a word length of approximately 800 words.

Incomplete Applications
All application materials, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, must be received by the application deadline.  Score matching does not begin until applications are submitted, and can take up to a week to match, so please plan accordingly.  Applications that are incomplete after the deadline will NOT be reviewed for admission.

All application materials are submitted electronically.  Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, is complete by the application deadline.  Failure to do so will result in your application not being reviewed for admission.

Funding is available but not guaranteed in the form of Teaching Assistant (T.A.) positions and Research Assistant (R.A.) positions.  T.A. and R.A. positions typically include tuition waivers (both in-state and out-of–state), health insurance, and a monthly or bi-weekly stipend.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.