Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership Interview and Decision Dates

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member in their concentration area to discuss the program. Applicants must be available on the interview dates below.

The next admissions cycle will start in January 2018 for students starting the program in fall 2018 or summer if requested.

*However, for 2018, in an effort to meet the needs of working professionals (our primary student population), we are adding an additional admission cycle for students hoping to start their doctoral program in Fall 2018. The firm deadline for ALL materials to be received is May 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying, please contact Ms. Diane Bourgeois ( or 269-387-3893) who will explain the process for this special admissions cycle.    

*Doctoral Admissions interviews will be held on Thursday, May 17 or Monday, May 21.


Students beginning fall 2018*

Students beginning fall 2019

Applicants must submit all required materials within the online application on or before:
Jan. 15, 2018
Jan. 15, 2019

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen for the candidate pool by:

Feb. 8, 2018
Feb. 7, 2019

Individuals chosen to be in the candidate pool will be interviewed by faculty members on:

Feb. 15, 2018,
Feb. 19, 2018
Feb. 21, 2019,
Feb. 25, 2019

Applicants will be notified about the status of their application (accepted, waiting list, or not accepted) by:

March 5, 2018
March 12, 2019

Accepted applicants will need to notify the department of their intent to enroll in the educational leadership doctoral program by:

April 2, 2018
April 9, 2019

Doctoral orientation (ALL Doctoral students except International - unless they are on campus at this time)

June 26, 2018
April 18, 2019

Questions? Contact the educational leadership graduate office at (269) 387-3893.