Application and Admissions Process
The goal of the DCCL admission process is to bring together a diverse and highly-qualified
cohort of learners. The admission process is designed to select applicants who demonstrate
the greatest potential for both successful graduate work and, upon program completion,
substantive contribution to leadership of community colleges.
An applicant's admissions packet will be considered holistically along with the overall
composition of the admissions packets of the cohort group, with a goal of creating
balance and diversity within the group. Whenever possible the composition of the cohort
will represent geographically and demographically diverse institutions and individuals
so that student input in the courses will reflect a variety of experiences.
Apply by December 13, 2013 and receive a free copy of The American Community College
by Cohen and Brawer!
The admissions committee will review applications as they are received. Orientation
begins on May 16, 2014.
Minimum Admissions Requirements
Minimum requirements for admission to the program include:
- An earned masters' degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall
grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better on a 4-point scale
- Application materials (see below) that demonstrate:
- A likelihood of success in the doctoral program, and
- An aspiration for a community college leadership career
- An personal interview may be requested by the admissions committee as part of a holistic
review of applications.
Note: GRE scores are not required.
For consideration, the following admissions materials must be received on or before
the application deadline:
- Completed application document.
- Official college transcripts from your most recent and/or highest degree. Original
documents become property of Ferris State University and cannot be returned. These
must be sent directly from the granting institution to Ferris.
- Current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submission of essay questions and writing samples (see below).
Please provide complete answers (between 250 and 300 words or 1 page maximum for each
question) to the following five questions.
- Explain your interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in community college leadership.
What experience have you had in working in or with community college populations? How
would a DCCL degree add to your professional development and career plans?
- What evidence can you provide that demonstrates your potential for significant leadership
in a community college? Please include specific examples.
- The DCCL program was intentionally designed around a cohort model in order to enhance
shared learning. Describe your ability to work within a cohort structure. What will
you bring to the cohort model of shared learning?
- Describe and discuss two examples of your ability to think critically in professional
situations. The examples should reflect complex situations that required creativity,
entrepreneurial thinking, problem solving, negotiation, and/or decision-making skills.
- Describe and discuss specific examples of your ability to communicate effectively
in professional situations to a variety of professional audiences. These could include
written reports, large group presentations, and/or coordinating and facilitating long-term
discussions and decision-making projects.
Two of the key skills required by DCCL students and community college leaders are
the ability to think critically and communicate effectively in both written and oral
communications. Please provide samples of your writing within the following guidelines. Your
application will not be considered complete until all of the attachments have been
- Submit at least two and not more than three samples.
- Attachments should be no more than 10-15 pages total. (Do not submit your entire Master's
thesis. If you would like to use your Master's thesis, please select an appropriate
- Your samples should reflect different professional writing audiences and document
- Do not submit one large document for all of your samples. Each sample should be a
separate attachment with a separate name (see example below).
- Submit your samples as PDFs with this application. Please name them with your last
name, first initial, and number of the sample. Examples: Smith, A. sample one of two;
Teahen, R. sample two of three; Johnson, B. sample three of three.