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Strategic Leadership - Ph.D.

Application Deadline

Application opens August 1. October 1 is the deadline to be guaranteed consideration for spring.

Application opens December 15. March 1 is the deadline to be guaranteed consideration for fall.

Program Begins

Fall (Nonprofit & Community Leadership is fall admit only)


Degree(s) Offered

Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Leadership (Ph.D.)

International Applicants

International Graduate Information

Test Requirements

GRE or GMAT scores (Scores older than 5 years, please contact the program)

Required Electronically

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores

Transcripts of all previous academic work at the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) level. 
Applicants must upload unofficial copies of their transcripts and if admitted, all transcripts will be verified by the Graduate School. Applicants who previously attended James Madison University still need to upload an unofficial transcript, but do not need to provide official transcripts for verification.

Required by Program

  • Intended field of concentration
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Undergraduate accounting course
  • Brief statement of purpose, 250 words in length
  • Three (five preferred) years of full-time equivalent work experience
  • Two scholarly samples
  • Resume'
  • A personal interview may also be requested
  • Three personal references, including a current or former direct supervisor. The references listed on your application will receive a link to an online form.
All of the above listed requirements can/should be uploaded within the online application, and test scores, if required, should be sent electronically to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.