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Belmont’s Ph.D. program in Strategic Leadership in Education seeks emerging and established leaders who exhibit the knowledge, skills, and attitude of leader-scholars. We strive to recruit individuals who aspire to “Change the World” through education as strategic, entrepreneurial, data-informed, equity focused leader-scholars. 

Apply Now before the April 1st Priority Deadline and June 30th Final Deadline!

Applicants for the program must submit the following: 

  • A completed Belmont graduate application, selecting the Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership in Education as the program of study. 
  • All undergraduate and graduate post secondary transcripts. 
  • A professional resume that includes educational background and career experience, highlighting leadership positions and/or responsibilities. Most competitive applicants will have a minimum of three to five years of professional experience. 
  • A narrative statement and supporting evidence of academic achievement. Candidates may submit graduate standardized test scores as evidence, but standardized test scores are not required for admission to the program. 
  • Three references, including referees who can speak to the applicant’s professional experience, and at least one referee who can speak to the applicant’s past academic performance and his or her academic readiness for doctoral studies. 
  • A writing sample of approximately 1,000 words in which the applicant describes his or her career aspirations and the relevance of the degree from this program. Applicants are asked to indicate new knowledge and skills they would hope to acquire from the program. 
  • An interview with the Program Director and/or program faculty.

Students must pass all coursework, a qualifying examination, and dissertation/oral examination to graduate.