How much time do I have to complete the program?

All course work must be completed within 4 years.

Is there a comprehensive exam?

Yes, you must complete a written and oral exam to qualify for Ph.D. candidacy. The written component of the exam asks for an interdisciplinary response to a question of your choice. The resulting written work, approximately 25 pages, is reviewed blindly by three faculty members. If your paper is deemed satisfactory, you must then orally present it to the review committee.

How many courses must I take during a semester?

Upon acceptance into the program, 6 credits each semester is required. Students will complete 30 course credits and then enter qualifying experience. Continuous registration is expected throughout the program. 

When are courses offered and what is the cost?

The Ph.D. Program in Administration & Leadership is an online program with an extended weekend summer on campus residency requirement. The cost per credit is $900.

Does Marywood offer graduate assistantships?

Students enrolled in the PhD program may apply for a graduate assistantship each academic year. Applications are available through the Office of Enrollment Management. The process is competitive.

If admitted to the program, can I defer my admissions offer?

You may defer your offer of admissions for up to 1 calendar year, however a formal approval by the Ph.D. Program Director is required. If an applicant is considering deferment, then a formal meeting must be held between the applicant and the Ph.D. Program Director to discuss the reason for the request, and to discuss possible circumstances that may arise from the deferment, which may include: (1) no guaranteed seat in the following academic year; (2) possible changes in the tuition cost; and (3) possible changes in the curriculum or design of the program. If a deferment is granted, then the student may defer. After that time, then you must reapply through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Is the GRE required for admission?

No. We recently revised our general admissions requirements and the GRE is waived if the following two criteria are met: (1) earned Master's degree within the last 5 years at the time of application and (2) Master's cumulative QPA of 3.50 or higher. If a student does not meet these two criteria, then only a GRE or MAT score taken within 5 years of the application deadline set by the Graduate Admissions Office will be accepted. The minimum GRE scores to be eligible for our Ph.D. Program are: Verbal = 146, Quantitative = 144, and Analytical Writing = 3.3. The minimum MAT scaled score is 400.

Can I earn my Superintendent Letter of Eligibility or Principle Certification while enrolled in the Ph.D. Program?

Yes. Students can opt to earn their Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility or Principal Certification while enrolled in the Ph.D. Program. The required doctoral courses: D/HD 1021, 1030, 1150, & 1152 (12 credits) are part of the applied interdisciplinary core and can be applied toward earning the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. These courses substitute for: EDUC 605, 606, 607, & 608. New doctoral students opting to pursue the letter of eligibility would then be required to take 6 additional credits (not applicable to the Ph.D. Program) over the summer sessions. In the case of earning Principal Certification, the required doctoral courses: D/HD 1030, 1109, and D/OL 1162 (9 credits) can be applied and substitute for the following education courses: EDUC 551, 549, and 545. The student would then be responsible for completing 9 additional course credits outside of the Ph.D. Program: Curriculum Planning for Schools (EDUC 547), Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (EDUC 548), and Administrative Internship (EDUC 593).

Are scholarships available?

Yes, there is a scholarship fund dedicated to Ph.D. students. Each year, at least 70% of Ph.D. students who apply for a scholarship receive an award. Applications are available through the Office of Enrollment Management.