Thank you for your interest in the University of West Georgia. Admission to the Doctor of Education in School Improvement Program is highly competitive. All applicants, including previous UWG students, must complete all steps of the application process as outlined below. Only completed applications received by the deadline of February 15 (Summer admission) will be considered. 

*Please Note: Admission to the Doctor of Education in School Improvement is competitive and completion of required coursework is highly challenging. In analyzing variables correlating to candidate success, both successful candidates and faculty members emphasize the importance of candidates being in leadership positions allowing them to fulfill the program's mission and expectations of initiating and leading systematic and sustainable school improvement.  If an applicant is not in a leadership position, the faculty may recommend she or he delay application until he or she is in a leadership position, significantly increasing the likelihood of her or his success.

Complete the online application for graduate admissions. You must identify your Area of Concentration on the application. The online application requires a $40 non-refundable application fee. Transcripts can be mailed to University of West Georgia, Graduate Admissions, Mandeville Hall, 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA  30118. (Universities may also send e-scripts to

  • Writing Sample: Submit previously written work (5-10 pages in length) that you feel demonstrates your writing abilities. Written work can include papers from graduate degree work or work reports.

  • Vitae: A vitae listing education and employment history, experience with school improvement, and awards and recognitions. The C.V. should demonstrate progressive K-12 leadership experience, and include contact information for 3 references. Provide your current and complete contact information, including an active email address.

  • Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (Bachelor’s Master’s, etc.). Place the transcripts in an envelope in their original, sealed envelopes (it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened). All applicants must have earned a Master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution. A cumulative minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for all graduate course work.

  • Essay: Complete a 750-1,000 word essay that uses scholarly literature (e.g., research articles) to connect your experience with school improvement and your professional goals with the body of research related to the topic. Explain how research has informed your professional practice and what outcomes you believe are possible when implementing effective school improvement practices. Please write your essay in APA, 7th edition format, including citations and a reference list.

    NOTE: International applicants must follow procedures and timelines of the UWG International Student Admissions and Programs Office

Application materials must be received by 5pm ET, September 15 for the spring session deadline and 5pm ET, February 15 for the summer session deadline.

University of West Georgia 
Graduate Admissions, Mandeville Hall
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118

Electronic transcripts are also accepted and should be sent to



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