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Doctoral Admission Requirements

request information buttonApplications to the doctoral program in Adult Learning and Leadership are accepted throughout the year. However, admission is competitive and failure to meet the deadlines below may delay full admission into the program. Admission decisions are made twice a year in March and October.

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Degree-Seeking Students

To expedite the Graduate School application process, please collect and have the following information available when you begin the online application.

  1. Emergency contact.
    • Name, street address, and zip code; phone number optional)
  2. Prior colleges attended.
    • Name of institution(s) and dates of attendance
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Date degree was received (if applicable)
  3. Employment Information. (Current and up to 2 prior positions)
    • Name of institution or company and nature of position
    • Dates of employment
  4. References. Contact information for 3 professional references.
    • Name, position, institution or company
    • Email address
  5. Credit Card for application fee. ($65 US Resident; $75 International)

    Application Deadline:
    March 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring

    ↓ Electronic files to Upload:
       Accepted file types: .jpg, .tif, .png, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .gif

  6. UNOFFICIAL Transcripts (upload)
    • from bachelor's degree institution and completed any post baccalaureate course work or degrees
    • from each institution attended since bachelor's degree

      * (GPA of 3.0 or above in last 60 hours of bachelor's program; GPAs between 2.65 and 2.99 may qualify for provisional admission)

    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits.
    • Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes or electronically delivered directly from the institution. They cannot be marked “Issued to Student.” Request official transcripts be mailed directly to Adult Learning and Leadership Program Coordinator, Kansas State University Olathe, 22201 Innovation Dr., Olathe, KS 66061.
  7. Professional History and Goal Statement (upload)
    • Each applicant for the doctoral program in adult learning and leadership must complete a typewritten, double-spaced Professional History and Goal Statement of no more than 10 pages. It will be used to provide background information about the applicant, determine the appropriateness of the applicant's experience and interests in relationship to the academic focus of doctoral program in adult education, and assist in making major professor assignments.
    • The applicant should describe her/his contributions to and experience in the practice of adult learning and leadership or another field of educational practice as well as any contributions, which she/he has made to the scholarship of adult learning and leadership or another field of educational practice. In addition, the applicant should discuss how he/she foresees that the doctoral degree in adult education will contribute to the attainments of her/his future professional goals and anticipated contributions to the field. If research topic is known, the applicant should include this information along with any preference for major professor.
  8. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (upload)
  9. Writing Sample (upload)
    Directions: Select one of the articles below and prepare a typewritten, double-spaced, five-page essay which (1) summarizes the key points of the article, (2) analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the research, (3) discusses if the author's conclusions are supported by the research, and (4) identifies the implications of the work for the field of adult education. In addition to reviewing the content of each applicant's response, the criteria used to evaluate the essay will cover (1) the thesis focus (originality and clarity); (2) the organization of the essay and thought process; (3) supporting reasons (ideas and details); (4) appropriate APA style (http://www.apa.org/); (5) documentation of other sources included, (6) audience awareness; (7) sentence (sentence diction/syntax/tone/voice) and writing (grammar/spelling/usage/ punctuation) conventions; and (8) overall presentation.
    • Erickson, D.M. (2007). A developmental re-forming of the phases of meaning in transformational learning. Adult Education Quarterly, 58(1), 61-80.
    • Kasworm, C. (2010). Adult learners in a research university: Negotiating undergraduate student identity. Adult Education Quarterly, 60(2), 143 -160.
    • Niewolny, K.L., & Wilson, A.L. (2009). What happened to the promise? A critical (re)orientation of two sociocultural learning traditions. Adult Education Quarterly, 60(1), 26- 45.
    • Ponton, M.K., Derrick, M.G., & Carr, P.B. (2005). The relationship between resourcefulness and persistence in adult autonomous learning. Adult Education Quarterly, 55(2), 116-128.
    • Zacharakis, J., & Flora, J. (2005). Riverside: A case study of social capital and cultural reproduction and their relationship to leadership development. Adult Education Quarterly, 55(4), 288-307.
  10. TOEFL Scores (if English is not first language.) See the K-State Graduate School website for additional information.

Nondegree-Seeking Students

A student may be may be admitted as a non-degree student through the Global Campus and take graduate courses for one semester (up to 9 credit hours) prior to being admitted into a graduate degree program. However, successful completion of hours taken as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into the program. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial assistance and do not have a faculty advisor assigned.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Ph.D. or Ed.D. program or admission policies and procedures, contact alearnlead@k-state.edu or call 913-307-7353.