Admissions Requirements for EdD, PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

All materials must be received by April 30

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Students are admitted to the doctoral program based on an analysis of a comprehensive set of measures used to determine their readiness for advanced graduate studies, motivation to succeed in the program, and potential to contribute as a reflective practitioner/scholar.  The Graduate Program Director, in consultation with the Graduate Program Committee, will make recommendations to the Dean of the School, who in turn will submit for final approval to the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies.  Prospective students will meet the following minimum criteria for admittance into the program:

  • Bachelor or Master’s (preferred) with a GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) from an accredited program/institution in a field appropriate as preparatory work for doctoral studies in education or public policy. Students will be required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions so that a determination can be made regarding the nature of preparatory course work and the student’s successful completion of it. 
  • 2 years of teaching and/or administrative experience in a public or private educational institution in the United States or abroad.  Preference will be given to those with at least three years of experience in administration.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination)  or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • A personal statement describing the student’s drive, research and teaching interests, career goals, work and academic experiences. 
  • At least one academic or professional writing sample that has been submitted for college credit or addressed to a third party in a professional context. Applicants should also include any documentation that may demonstrate their potential to succeed in the program (e.g. a curriculum vitae, a student or professional portfolio, contributions to specific research or civic engagement projects in their individual capacity or as a member of a group, published or submitted articles, conference presentations, etc.).
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who have worked closely with the applicant in an academic or professional setting concerning the applicant's abilities and performance relevant to his/her potential as a researcher, executive leader, or change agent in organizations delivering educational services.
  • International applicants from a country whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency as indicated by acceptable scores on the TOEFL with a minimum of 600 (PBT), or 250 (CBT); or the IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no individual band below a 6.0.

Application Procedures

Proceed to the Admissions page to download and submit the appropriate forms

Make sure to complete the Online Supplemental Application specific to this degree as well!