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?

Certified educators may apply. There are three initial requirements:

Candidates must hold current leadership certification from the Professional Standards Commission of Georgia.

Candidates must have at least 3 years of teaching experience.

• 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 will need to provide strong evidence of the ability to complete doctoral courses and independent research.

How long will it 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 credits 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


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