How To Apply: Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program

Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program Admissions

The Fall 2016 application period is open.

Fall 2016 Admissions Deadlines
University Graduate School Application (via CSU Mentor) due no later than: March 1
Supplemental Program Application (see below) due no later than: March 2

Thank you for your interest in the College of Education!

Admission Procedures

To apply to the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program, follow these steps.

Step 1: Review the admission requirements

Step 2: Complete the University Graduate Application online:

  • Proceed to CSU Mentor and create and account to start application process;

  • Review the Application Information and click on "Begin Application" to proceed to the application;

  • Select the appropriate "Term applying for:"

  • Under "Major/ Program object:" please select either "Education Doctorate (P-12)" or "Education Doctorate (Community College)"

  • Select "Doctorate" in the "Degree objective" field;

  • In the Credential's section, please select the field that applies;

  • Complete the "Previous Application/Attendance" section if applicable;

  • Click on "Next" at the bottom of the page and proceed with completing your personal and college information;

Step 3: Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than Sacramento State to Office of Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
River Front Center – 206
Sacramento , CA 95819 - 6112

Step 4: Send the following to the Program Office in the College of Education

Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended including Sacramento State;

Three letters of recommendation (form is located below);

GRE Test scores (no more than 5 years old);

Statement of support from your employer.

  • NOTE: If a Statement of Support from your employer is not available, send an indication of your plan for meeting the program demands and your professional responsibilities. In particular, explain how you will balance the demands of the program with your professional and personal life.

Program Mailing Address
Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program
California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
6000 J Street- Eureka Hall 318
Sacramento, CA 95819-6079

Step 5: Submit the Supplemental (Program) Application and Provide Associated Documents

I. Complete the Supplemental Application for Graduate Admission (see below).

II. Provide a 1-3 page statement of purpose that describes your reasons for pursuing doctoral study and that reflects your understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/postsecondary institutions in California.

III. Please provide a total response no longer than three pages (12 point font, single-spaced) to the following: 1) What preparation and experiences make you well qualified to benefit from an Ed.D. Program?; 2) What two or three accomplishments demonstrate your educational leadership potential and skills? You may consider successful achievements in school, in postsecondary institutions, in your community, and/or more generally in policy leadership; 3) Please provide evidence that demonstrates your ability to succeed in a rigorous program of doctoral studies in education. Include evidence concerning (a) your problem-solving ability, (b) your interest in critically assessing and improving educational policies and practices, (c) your proficiency with technology, and (d) your ability to devote significant time and attention to doctoral program study.

IV. Your professional resume, not to exceed 4 pages.

V. A writing sample, at least 10 pages but not exceeding 20 pages, such as a portion of a thesis or project, a professional report, or journal article in which you were the sole author.

Supplemental Application and Related Forms

Application and Forms Name: File Type
Checklist of Required Application Documents PDF document icon
Letter of Recommendation PDF document icon
Supplemental Application for Graduate Admission PDF document icon


Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Eureka Hall 318
(916) 278-2282