Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s or other post-baccalaureate professional graduate-level degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. 

    Applicants should have:  

    • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • At least two years of post-baccalaureate work experience
    • Have experience in, or potential for, leadership positions

    Admission is based on a review of a total profile with careful attention to the fit between the needs of the student and what the program has to offer. 

    Applicants must submit the following:


    • A completed Gannon University graduate application
    • Official transcripts of all college-level work
    • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation
    • A resume delineating the scope, responsibilities and functions of all positions held within the past five years
    • Copy of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score taken within the past three years.  Please note: the GRE requirement will not be waived for any applicant.
    • A Statement of Purpose (limited to 500 words) that summarizes the value of doctoral study for personal and professional growth and development and that reflects the educational and professional experiences that serve as the foundation for doctoral study.
    Applicants who meet admission requirements are required complete an interview with the Program Director.  


    Application Deadline

    Application deadline: May 15*
    *applications will be accepted after this date if availability permits