Admission Requirements

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program admits candidates who meet the academic requirements and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as educational leaders in pre K-12 or community colleges.

The program requires the following of applicants for admission to the doctoral program:

  • an earned baccalaureate degree and master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education with a grade point average in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above;

  • sufficient preparation and experience pertinent to educational leadership to benefit from the program;

  • submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores- from the three sections of the General Test taken within five years of applying to the Ed.D. program;

  • demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;

  • demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices;

  • three letters of recommendation attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship of the candidate;

  • a written statement of purpose reflecting an understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/institutions of higher education in California;

  • a personal interview; and

  • a statement of support for the candidate’s doctoral studies from his/her employer or, in cases where this is not provided, an indication of the candidate’s plan for meeting the demands of the program and his/her professional responsibilities.

Meeting these minimum requirements qualifies an individual for admissions consideration but does not guarantee admission to the Program. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis.

In any one academic year, a limited number of students may be admitted on an exception basis without meeting one or more of the requirements established for the program. The number of exceptional admissions shall not exceed 15 percent of those students regularly admitted to the program. The intent of this exception provision is to provide for students who demonstrate particular strength in the qualities and characteristics sought for public school or community college leadership and who, at the time of seeking admission to the Ed.D. program, do not meet all the specified requirements.