How to Apply: Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program

Fall 2019

Priority Application Deadline EXTENDED to December 10, 2018
Due to the recent wildfires and campus closure, the deadline to submit a University Graduate School Application (via Cal State Apply) AND Supplemental Program Application (see below) are due no later than by 4:00 p.m. December 10

Regular Application Deadline March 1, 2019
University Graduate School Application (via Cal State Apply) AND Supplemental Program Application (see below) due no later than by 4:00 p.m. March 1

Thank you for your interest in the CSUS Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program! Please READ all instructions carefully and thoroughly BEFORE completing the FALL 2019 application process. Applicants MUST submit ALL supplemental application documents by the due date to be considered for admission. **Incomplete applications will not be accepted**

Application Procedures

To apply to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program:

Step 1: Review the Admission Requirements.

Step 2: Complete the University Graduate Application online.

Applicants must complete and submit the CSU application for graduate school admission online no later than 4:00 p.m. March 1, 2019. There is a $55.00 non-refundable application fee that must be paid at the time the application is submitted. (Application information for International Students)

In the process of completing the university application, you will need to select your specific education program.

  • Proceed to Cal State Apply and create an account to start application process
  • DO NOT upload transcripts, letters of recommendation or other documents to Cal State Apply. The Office of Graduate Studies will send you an email confirmation with further instructions.

Step 3: Respond to the email confirmation sent to you by the Office of Graduate Studies.

The Office of Graduate Studies at Sacramento State will confirm they have received your application via Cal State Apply and provide you with further instructions for completing your application, providing transcripts and supplemental application materials. See these frequently asked questions.

In the meantime, collect the transcripts you will need to complete your application:

  • Non-Sac State students:
    • One (1) set of official transcripts (sealed) from all community colleges, colleges, and universities attended.
  • Sac State students:
    • If you graduated/are graduating from Sacramento State, you DO NOT need to submit any additional transcripts to OGS unless you attended another college after graduation.

Questions may be directed to:

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

Foreign Degrees: Applicants with degrees from outside of the United States, visit the OGS website or call OGS at (916) 278-6470.

International Students: Application and tuition information

Step 4: Establish a SacLink account (required to complete the application process).

Your confirmation email from the Office of Graduate Studies will note your Sac State ID number and instructions to set up your SacLink Account at Please make sure that your email provider is set up to accept email from

Step 5:  Compile the following items so you can upload them to the Supplemental Document Submission website.  [NOTE:  A SacLink account is required]

After reviewing the information contained within OGS’ Graduate Application Received e-mail that contained your Student ID number, login to the Supplemental Upload website and upload the following items to complete your application:

  • Supplemental Application for Graduate Admission elements (Written statement of purpose, response to the three questions, Student Information Form, Statistical Information Questionnaire)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test results no older than five (5) years from date of application (Note: scores from all three sections of the GRE General Test: Verbal, Quantitative & Analytical writing are required) Register to take the GRE
  • Resume detailing education and professional experience
  • 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
  • A Statement of Support for your doctoral studies from your employer or, if this is not available, 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
  • Three Letters of Recommendation requested through the OGS Supplemental Document Submission website. Please upload the attached Letter of Recommendation Form for the recommenders to complete along with their letter.

Refer to these Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the doctorate office:

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