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School Improvement

Doctoral Program Director
Dr. James Koschoreck
ASBS, Room 306

Advisor Support
Laura Shearer
ASBS, Room 306

Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology
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Recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as a national model for creating equity-oriented leaders, the program emphasizes the improvement of PK–12 teaching and learning through the development of systems-level processes and structures and prioritizes educational leadership as a practice integrating school and community contexts.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 51 hours 12 hours 63 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester February 1 February 1
Spring Semester No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*The deadline for Fall 2019 entry has been extended to February 15, 2019.

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above. Read additional information about departmental funding opportunities below.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in a field related to the proposed studies from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (approximately 500 words) describing background and professional goals, including your rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree
  • three recommendation forms addressing your professional and academic background. References are required to use the program's Professional Reference Evaluation form and are also strongly encouraged to attach a recommendation letter to the form.
  • possible interview with program faculty
  • possible academic writing sample

  Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

  Funding Information 
Applications for doctoral assistantships should be submitted by February 1.