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 Educational Leadership program is offered as a blended weekend program on the Atlanta campus. Coursework is delivered primarily online, with required in-person class meetings on three Saturdays per semester on campus. (One summer will also include Friday evening sessions preceding each Saturday session.)

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?

Individuals who successfully complete the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to hold a variety of mid-to-upper level jobs in higher education institutions and agencies. Career opportunities include roles in higher education settings such as presidents, deans, provosts, directors, and other leadership positions in 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?

View the current tuition rate here. >

Students will take 2-3 courses each semester and two courses in the summer for a total of 63 hours in the program.

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 on-campus sessions in Atlanta are three Saturdays per semester from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. fwith a midday break). Summer sessions are eight weeks (classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the synchronous online weekly sessions, and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 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.


Learn more about our Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Leadership Track

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.