Admissions Requirements the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Admissions Step 1 - University Application

* Apply for admission to the university via and pay a one-time application fee of $25. Applications must meet all university admission requirements prior to being considered for admission to a graduate program. 

* Submit original, official, sealed transcripts from all institutions attended, including master's degree and undergraduate degree. The admissions office will not accept photocopied or faxed copies, nor transcripts marked "Issued to Student." All degrees must be from an accredited university in an area related to the proposed studies. Minimum GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale required for courses applied toward a master's degree. 

* Submit official GRE test scores. Scores should be sent directly to Lamar University by the testing agency. Score requirements are competitive and cannot be more than ten (10) years old. Use school code 6360 for the GRE. The GRE requirement is not waived for any reason. 

* Send transcripts to: Lamar University Graduate Admissions - P.O. Box 11614, Beaumont, TX 77710 or send electronically to  

* You will not be admitted to the Lamar University Graduate School until all transcripts and GRE scores have been received.  

* Have a minimum formal score established by the Lamar University Graduate Council and the College of Education and Human Development calculated on [GPA (Master's degree) x 200] + Verbal GRE score + Quantitative GRE score ≥ 1450. This formula is based on old GRE scoring numbers. To compare new GRE scores, visit the ETS Concordance Table: 
Example: [3.95 (sample GPA) x 200] = 790 + 500 (sample Verbal GRE score) + 550 (sample Quantitative GRE score) = 1840 (≥ 1450).  

Admissions Step 2 - Department Application

* Complete the Doctoral Department Application in TK20

Note: Do not use an existing student account to complete the Department Application. You will need to create a new application account. No charge will be associated with this account when used for application purposes. 

The TK20 Department Application consists of the following:

  • A writing sample addressing the following topic: "The most pressing and current educational leadership issue."

    This writing sample should only be one page (single spaced, 12-point type, Times New Roman). It should contain at least 3 paragraphs. The Admissions Committee will evaluate the writing sample based on the following criteria: organization, paragraph development, mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation).
  • A copy of your current resume/vita.
  • Educational leadership experience encompassing a number of settings, including P-16 schools, health and human service agencies, or community-based organizations. 
  • A digital video (not to exceed three to five minutes in length) explaining what sets you apart from the other candidate. Suggested content:
    • Why are you interested in the Lamar University Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership?
    • What skills, personal characteristics, and experiences make you a good candidate for the Lamar University program?
    • What are your career goals and how do you see this program achieving and/or fitting into your goals?
    • This program promotes a global mindset; what have you done to further your knowledge about cultural and ethnic diversity? Have you included cultural and ethnic diversity in your personal and professional life? Have you demonstrated what you have learned?
    • What do you believe to be the major trends in the education field at this time?
    • What problems do you expect to face while attending graduate school? How will you handle these?

* Video Requirements:
 All video files, regardless of size, must be compressed. Most computers have video compression software (e.g., QuickTime, Windows Media Player). Your video should not exceed 100MB in size nor be submitted in HD. The following formats are acceptable: mov, mpg, wmv, mp4, flv. 

* Provide three completed Request for Reference forms attesting to the applicant's professional and academic background. Request for Reference forms may be emailed to or mailed to the Doctoral Studies office at:

Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership

College of Education & Human Development

Lamar University

P.O. Box 10034

Beaumont, TX 77710 

A rubric is used to score the above components and select finalists who will be invited to submit a writing sample. Cohort members will be selected from this finalist pool.