FAQ

When does the program start?

Cohorts begin the Summer of each year (May).

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 15th.

Where will the program be offered?

The Ph.D. in P-12 Leadership will be offered in a hybrid/weekend format, with in-class courses being taught on the Atlanta campus.

Who may apply?

Anyone with experience in higher education (or other relevant area) who holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from an accredited institution may apply:
 

1. Applicants should have an interest in higher education leadership experience in higher education

2. Candidates must submit a current curriculum vita.

3. Candidates must submit current GRE scores.

The target scores are 151 for Verbal, 151 for Quantitative, and 4.0 for the Analytical Writing sections. (1100 combined Verbal and Quantitative sections taken prior to July 31, 2011.) GRE scores are not the sole criterion; applicants with scores lower than the target are encouraged to provide strong evidence of the ability to complete doctoral courses and independent research.

Can I receive certification with Higher Education Leadership preparation?

 No. There is no certification implied or intended by this program. Leadership certification applies only to candidates in P-12 education who hold certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

What are some examples of jobs performed by persons who hold a degree in Higher Education Leadership?

 People with Ph.D. degrees in Higher Education Leadership hold a variety of mid-to-upper level jobs in higher education institutions and agencies. These jobs include presidents, deans, provosts, directors and other types of leadership positions in areas such as student services, financial aid, housing, and admissions.

How long will the program take?

The program will take 11 sequential semesters, including summers.

How much does it cost?

Currently, Educational Leadership Ph.D. students’ tuition is $2,067 per course ($689 per credit). Students will take 2-3 courses each semester and two courses in the summer.

Can I keep my job and do this program?

The doctoral program is designed for educators who are employed full-time. Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks long (classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the synchronous online weekly sessions, and Friday night 6 to 10 p.m.and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the Atlanta on-campus weekend sessions). Summer sessions are eight weeks (classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the synchronous online weekly sessions, and Friday night 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the Atlanta on-campus weekend sessions).

Is there financial aid available for this program?

Generally, loans are available for graduate programs. To receive financial aid, students must be fully admitted to the program. Students must register for a minimum number of hours to quality for financial aid. Questions regarding specific financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Planning Office:

Atlanta: 678.547.6444 or finaidatl@mercer.edu

 

How do I get an application packet on the program?

An application booklet is included with this document. To obtain an application PDF, e-mail MercerEducation@mercer.edu . Or, you can call the Graduate Program Associate at (678) 547-6550 or the Admissions office at (678) 547-6084.

Where can I find additional information?

For additional information, we recommend attendance at an information session (see website for upcoming dates). The Higher Leadership Fact Sheet is included with this document, or more information may be found on the website: http://education.mercer.edu/