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Application Information

To be eligible for admission to the D.E.L., you need to have completed a master’s or first professional degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

In addition to the application, prospective D.E.L. students must submit:

  1. A nonrefundable application fee of $50, payable to University of Charleston.
  2. Licensure or Credential Information, Career Focus, Personal Skills Assessment 
  3. A discussion paper of approximately 1,500 to 2,500 words (about six to ten double-spaced pages of 12-point type) in which you reflect on your motivation for pursuing the D.E.L. and explain how the degree will help you explore your academic and professional interests and goals. You should also address the qualities and experiences you would contribute to a doctoral leadership cohort. The paper is an important part of the admission committee’s decision making process.
  4. A résumé or curriculum vitae. Your current résumé should include your education and work history, honors and awards, publications and presentations, research experience (if any), and participation in professional and community organizations.
  5. Official transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended must be in a sealed envelope and sent directly to UC Admissions If your degree is from a college or university outside of the United States, you should first contact the D.E.L. program coordinator to determine whether a transcript evaluation is needed. If you are not a native speaker of English, you may also be required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  6. Two confidential recommendations, one personal and one professional. Download the application reference form. Professional references can be from supervisors, colleagues, or professors.

Please send all application materials to:

Attention David Cooper, Applications Coordinator
158 Dye Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

An interview with the admissions committee, conducted in person or by telephone, is required of all applicants. Once your application materials are received, a representative from the UC School of Business and Leadership will contact you for an admission interview.

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Admissions Representative

David Cooper
Admissions Representative, Master of Strategic Leadership and Doctor of Executive Leadership
School of Business & Leadership
158 Dye Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

Contact Information

Dr. John E. Barnette
Associate Dean of Leadership
School of Business & Leadership
900 Virginia Street, E. Suite 200
Charleston, WV 25301

Dr. Judith Noble Halle
School of Business & Leadership