Admission to Doctoral and Specialist programs

For Ed.D. and Ed.S.

Apply online. Application dates and term lengths for this program are different from those for our master's level degree and certificate programs.

You will need:

  • Completed master’s or doctoral-level degree with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from a regionally accredited institution
  • Current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume
  • Goal statement demonstrating a clear expression of purpose and anticipated personal and professional goals
  • Writing sample showing a brief representation or conceptualization of the student’s skills or personal background and goals (separate from the goal statement) 
  • Interview with the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Admissions Committee or designee

Academic Calendar

Transcript requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through AACRAO or any evaluation agency credentialed through NACES.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.
  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Great Britain, Grenada, Guyana, Iberia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Trinidad, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the written or computer-based TOEFL.
    • The minimum written TOEFL score required for written version is 550, for the computer-based version is 213 and for the internet-based version is 80.
    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.