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Apply for the Ed.D. program

Application Deadline for Fall 2021: 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 2021 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 on this page.

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, 2021. 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.

  • 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 - 215
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.

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 | GRE Fee Reduction Program
  • 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
  • Please direct your references to complete the Letter of Recommendation Form where they can also upload 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

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
  • 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.