Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) Degree Requirements

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Ed.D. degree program prerequisites

  • 62 and 66 credit options:
    • Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 42 credit option:
    • Accredited Sixth-Year or Education Specialist post-master’s degree

Ed.D. required materials

  • Application
  • Official transcripts for the last degree earned.
    • International transcripts must include an official course-by-course evaluation of all academic work from
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Provide one letter from a colleague and one letter from a supervisor that attests to your demonstrated leadership, potential for further leadership development and the ability to benefit from doctoral study.
  • Personal Statement
    • In 500 words or more, detail the following topics:
      • Your reasons for wanting to undertake doctoral studies
      • Your most significant personal and professional accomplishments
      • The extent to which your personal and professional responsibilities will allow you to devote the necessary time and effort to the program
      • A detailed description of your potential research topic
  • Writing sample
    • The writing sample may include your master’s thesis, a published or submitted journal article, a scholarly paper, or a document created for your institution
  • Résumé
  • Official TOEFL scores are required of applicants whose native language is not English.

International applicants

Please consult our international admission requirements, or for specific queries, contact your admissions officer.


Applications are accepted for starting the program in the fall or spring semesters. The program does not follow a cohort model.

Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

  • May 1 for priority consideration; July 15 (final deadline) for the fall semester
  • October 1 for priority consideration; December 1 (final deadline) for the spring semester

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