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Doctorate in Educational Leadership College of Education

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Apply for the Ed.D. program

Thank you for your interest in the CSUS Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program! Please READ all instructions carefully and thoroughly BEFORE completing the FALL 2022 application process. Applicants MUST submit ALL application documents by the due date to be considered for admission. Incomplete applications will not be accepted

The GRE requirement is temporarily suspended—if applicants send in GRE scores, the scores cannot be taken into consideration when making admissions decisions.

Application Deadlines

FALL 2021*
*No extension of deadlines for Fall 2021 admissions

Begin accepting applications: October 1, 2020
Priority Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2020 at 4pm
Regular Admissions Deadline: March 1, 2021 at 4 pm

FALL 2022

Begin accepting applications: October 1, 2021
Priority Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2021
Regular Admissions Deadline: March 1, 2022

Application Procedures

Review the Admission Requirements on this page.

Step 1: Complete the University Graduate Application (Cal State Apply)

Applicants must first complete and submit the Cal State Apply online. This step must be completed before proceeding with other steps.

There is a $70.00 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.

  • Create an account on Cal State Apply
  • DO NOT upload transcripts, letters of recommendation or other documents to Cal State Apply.

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

The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) at Sacramento State will confirm they have received your Cal State Apply application by email. 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.
  • For electronic transcripts submissions systems that allow you to enter an e-mail address, please use Physical transcripts for those institutions that do not send official transcripts electronically can be addressed to:

    Office of Graduate Studies
    California State University, Sacramento
    Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
    6000 J Street
    Sacramento, CA 95819

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.

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

Step 3:  Supplemental Application & Documents

View the complete
Supplemental Application & Documents Instructions

Upload documents to the Supplemental Document Portal.
The Ed.D. Office does not use the Office of Graduate Studies upload portal.

Step 4:  Three Letters of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation (submission portal)

Direct your three references to the Letter of Recommendation form linked above to complete their rating survey and upload their letter. Letters will only be accepted through this portal.

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 P-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
    *The GRE requirement is temporarily suspended. If applicants send in GRE scores, the scores cannot be taken into consideration when making admissions decisions.
  • 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 writing sample, at least 10 pages but not exceeding 20 pages, such as the portion of a thesis or project, a professional report, or journal article in which you were the sole author
  • A personal interview
  • 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.

Tuition and Fees

CSU Education Doctorate tuition & fees


Fall 2020
$5,919 + $838 (campus fees) = $6,757

Spring 2021
$5,919 + $838 (campus fees) = $6,757

Summer 2020*

$5,919 + $137 (campus fees) = $6,056

Tuition & Fees for 12-month Study


* The doctorate program has a summer session after Years 1 and 2. 2021 fees TBA.

Contact Us


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