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Extended Student Services Hours:

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Application Process for Adult Learning and Leadership Doctorate 

1. Review Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the adult learning and leadership doctorate, students must have already completed or meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours
  • Master's degree transcript
    • 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.

2. Review Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • U.S. Applicants
    • Fall semester (begins in late August): March 1
    • Spring semester (begins in late January): October 1
  • International Applicants
    • Fall semester (begins in late August): January 1
    • Spring semester (begins in late January): August 1

Students who would like to get started right away but have missed the deadline may take classes as a nondegree-seeking student. Contact us for assistance.

Application Fee

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

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3. Prepare to Apply

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

  • Professional history and goal statement
    • You 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 you, determine the appropriateness of your experience and interests in relationship to the academic focus of the program, and assist in making major professor assignments.
    • Describe your contributions to and experience in the practice of adult learning and leadership or another field of educational practice, as well as any contributions you have made to the scholarship of adult learning and leadership or another field of educational practice. In addition, discuss how you foresee the doctoral degree in adult learning and leadership will contribute to the attainment of your future professional goals and anticipated contributions to the field. If research topic is known, include this information along with any preference for major professor.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample
    • 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.
  • References. Contact information for 3 professional references.
    • Name, position, institution or company
    • Email address

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 “Ph.D.” on the Academic Information page. On the Program Selection page, select “Education” followed by “Adult Learning and Leadership.”

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Degree: Doctorate
College: Education
Credits: 90-94
Course delivery: Online

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