A faculty admissions panel reviews applicants based on the following criteria:
- A master’s degree from an accredited institution. A concentration in education is preferred, but not required.
- Performance in graduate coursework indicating a strong ability to be successful in doctoral-level studies.
- Evidence of speaking and writing ability in English demonstrated by a writing sample. A published article or graduate research paper is required for review.
- Christian maturity that is appropriate for leadership.
- Administrative leadership or related experience in a Christian school, college, or training agency.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results with a desired minimum of the 50th percentile on Verbal and on Analytical, or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score with a desired minimum of the 50th percentile. The exam must have been taken within the last five years.
- Indication that the applicant will make a significant contribution to the future of Christian education through completion of a doctoral degree. This is evaluated through a required personal interview with program faculty members.