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.
The admissions committee will review applications as they are received. You can apply
at any time, and if accepted, be offered a seat in the next available cohort.
Cohort Six Application Timeline
Early admissions deadline: December 15, 2014 (apply by this date to receive a free
Final admissions deadline: April 17, 2015
Classes begin on May 8, 2015
Minimum Admissions Requirements
Minimum requirements for admission to the program include:
- An earned master's or other graduate degree (J.D.) from a regionally accredited university
with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better on a 4-point scale (some
exceptions may be made for particularly rigorous programs or special circumstances)
- Application materials (see below) that demonstrate:
- A likelihood of success in the doctoral program, and
- An aspiration for a community college leadership career
- A personal interview may be requested by the admissions committee.
Note: GRE scores are not required.
Application submission procedure:
As you prepare your application, there are two documents that you will need.
The application form is submitted online. After the form is submitted, you will be
emailed links to upload your resume, essay responses, and writing samples.
Official transcripts should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Studies
1301 S. State St., IRC 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307
For consideration, the following admissions materials must be received on or before
the application deadline:
- Completed online application form.
- Official college transcripts from your 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 question responses (see below).
- Submission of 2-3 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.