and Professional Requirements
- A master's degree from an accredited
college or university.
- A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0
scale in master’s coursework is required, but a lower GPA can be considered on
an individual basis.
Application and Transcripts
Complete the Admissions
- Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
- Applications for this program are reviewed on a
rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program for consideration.
Have official transcripts from all post-secondary
institutions you have attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. We suggest
that you request your transcripts as soon as possible. Your application cannot
be reviewed until we have them in hand. It is not necessary to request
transcripts for work that you completed at Cardinal Stritch University.
for International Students
If your prior education was not conducted in English, you
must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or
an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if
you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation and reference forms are required. Two letters should be submitted
from professionals in your field, and one from a representative of a college or
university. References should
include their letters of recommendation with the reference forms.
Applicants should send a current
Curriculum Vitae including the following information:
- Information on your formal education, major schools attended,
degrees obtained, and dates.
All professional positions held.
Any relevant programs or additional informal education.
Any published professional articles (in journals, school/agency
publications, organizational newspaper, etc): title, date, journal, page
number, etc. Attach copy.
Any presentations made to organizations, associations, etc.
Membership in professional and other organizations: offices
held, dates of membership.
This essay is an essential aspect of
the admission process and will be carefully evaluated in order to make a
decision on your entry into the doctoral program. Follow the guidelines
carefully, addressing all items. The essay will be evaluated as to content
relevance to the topic proposed, clarity of the presentation, and maturity of
The formal paper should be a six-page
(double-spaced) word-processed essay addressing the four leadership topics
Section 1 – Leadership and Change
- Define and describe leadership.
Give an example of how you have
functioned as a leader in your position.
Describe how you have participated in
change. Describe inhibitors and facilitators of change as you perceived them.
Section 2 – Learning
Describe your interest in creating a
Describe what you have done to
contribute to the creation of a "learning organization."
Section 3 – Service and
- Define what you feel is the
relationship among leadership, learning, and service.
Describe how your service has been
applied to the transformation of an organization.
Section 4 – Goals for Doctorate in
- Identify goals and expectations for
pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership.
Describe how the attainment of this
degree will enhance your ability to lead and transform organizations.
send all application materials to:
Cardinal Stritch University
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box 437
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985