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Application process

Admission is limited to no more than 20 students each year. The admissions process is competitive, resulting in a select group of highly motivated, capable students. This provides opportunities for close interaction between students and faculty and enhanced placement opportunities.

Candidates must apply and be accepted by both the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership. The Graduate School requires an applicant to have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 (or 3.0 in the last 60 hours).

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Other minimum entrance requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Possession of a professional teacher licensure
  • Three years teaching experience in early or middle childhood (for elementary/middle school principal) or young adult (for middle school/high school principal)
  • Written essay application and interview
  • Scores from either the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination.

Steps to Apply

1. Submit a Graduate School Application form online*
This includes sending transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work to:

The Graduate School 
102 Roudebush Hall 
Miami University 
Oxford, Ohio 45056

Miami graduates need to supply only one official transcript; graduates from other institutions must provide two.

2. Submit two references from colleagues, teachers, or peers who can attest to your professional work, potential for successful graduate study, and potential for making a positive contribution as a school leader. The two recommendations along with a personal statement can be uploaded when you apply online through the Graduate School.

3. The Miller Analogies Test (preferred) or Graduate Record Examination General Test score is required for admission to the SLP program. You may take the MAT at a college or university testing center near you.

Information about the Graduate Record Examination can be obtained Educational Testing Service, Graduate Record Examination

Wherever you take the MAT or Graduate Record Examination General Test, you must request that your score sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Educational Leadership, 304 McGuffey Hall, Oxford, Ohio 45056.  If you have your scores at the time of admission you may upload them with the admission paperwork.

4. Interviews of prospective candidates will be conducted about three months before a cohort is scheduled to begin course work.

5. Deadline for applications are on a rolling basis. 

Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Molly Moorhead, at

*There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.

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