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Application Process for Leadership in Academic Advising Doctorate

The information regarding the application process for the doctoral degree in Leadership in Academic Advising is provided to help prepare the documents needed for applying for admission. The online application system will be available in April 2019 for submitting applications and the documents required for applying for admission.

1. Review Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the leadership in academic advising doctorate, students must have already completed or meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate and graduate degree from a recognized and accredited institution

2. Review Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • U.S. Applicants
    • Summer semester of even-numbered years (begins in late May): Dec. 1 of odd-numbered years
  • International Applicants
    • Summer semester of even-numbered years (begins in late May): Dec. 1 of odd-numbered years

Application Fee

  • U.S. Applicants: $65
  • International Applicants: $75

Graduate School Application Fee FAQ

3. Prepare to Apply

Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.

  • Statement of professional goals and areas of inquiry within educational context
    • You must upload into the online application system a double-spaced paper, a minimum of three pages, which addresses the following topics:
      • Career and professional experiences, goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit the goals and aspirations
      • Evidence of commitment to the academic advising profession
      • Competencies and experiences related to the program (e.g., academic advising and/or academic advising administration experience, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, program development experience)
      • Evidence of motivation, persistence, leadership and strong work ethic (commitment to completion of a doctoral program)
      • Knowledge, competencies and experience related to educational research
      • Broad areas of interest for research
      • Evidence of experience with diversity, equity and, if applicable, fluency in languages other than English
      • Commitment to being present at all required program activities (asynchronous distance learning on Canvas, synchronous sessions on Zoom as formally scheduled and one week residency at Kansas State University each summer)
      • The paper is to be well written and thoughtfully presented. For resources to help with writing the paper, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by college or university faculty and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the individuals who have agreed to serve as references in the appropriate place on the online application. References will be sent a link with which they will be asked to complete an evaluation and upload their letters of recommendation to the application system.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
    • A current professional resume or vitae is to be uploaded to the online application system. It is to include academic degrees, past and current professional employment, professional activities and roles, and other pertinent information.
  • Writing sample
    • An important aspect of doctoral work is to advance and apply scholarship on educational issues within the context of the academic program. For the purpose of this application, please consider a complex issue related to academic advising in higher education that you find important and compelling, and develop a scholarly essay (approximately 5-8 pages) which includes:
      • an overview of the issue you’ve chosen to explore
      • a presentation of the current state of knowledge in the literature related to the issue (citing sources as appropriate)
      • conclude with a possible interpretation of the critical issue from at least two different perspectives, including initial discussion regarding the potential for future research on the topic. How could you further study this issue?
    • The essay should be included as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file, double-spaced, formatted in APA (6th ed.) style, and include a minimum of 5 scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources. The essay will be assessed according to the following elements: overview of the issue, incorporation of existing literature, interpretation of the critical issue, articulation of future research ideas, and overall coherence and readability.
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
    • Failure to list any colleges or universities from which you received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
    • If your transcripts are not in English, you must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
    • You will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.
  • Interview
    • An interview (via Zoom or phone) with faculty members in the program may be required before an admission decision is made.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support for international students
    • When applying for admission, international applicants must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support and documentation of English language proficiency. Detailed information about these issues is provided on the international students website

Proof of English Proficiency

Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency during the application process by providing any one of the following official minimum test scores:



Minimum Required Score


Scores must be self-reported within the application and official scores must be sent by the testing service to K-State.

Exception: students who have received a degree in the last two years from a U.S. college or university are not required to take any of the above English language proficiency exams.

4. Apply


Tip: select “Distance-Off Campus” and “Doctorate” on the Academic Information page. On the Program Selection page, select “Education” followed by “Leadership in Academic Advising.”

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Degree: Doctorate
College: Education
Credits: 90
Course delivery: Online

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