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Doctor of Education Application Process

Now Accepting Applications

Fall 2015 Cohort in St. Cloud


Future Cohort Locations:

Fall 2016 Cohort
Maple Grove

Fall 2015 Cohort
St. Cloud

*Location is subject to change

Kim - Doctoral Student
The Educational Administration & Leadership doctor of education begins a new cohort each fall semester. When applying for a doctoral program, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) serves as a liaison between the applicant and the doctoral program. Application materials should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Once all application materials are received, the SGS will forward materials to the doctoral program for academic review and an interview and writing essay will be scheduled. Thereafter, an admission recommendation will be forwarded to the SGS for a final decision and notification to the applicant.


Application Program Requirements

  • For admission consideration, applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher or completion of a graduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Application Deadline

  • Deadlines for applying are January 15th (priority deadline), March 15th, and June 1st.  Applications will be reviewed and admission interviews conducted following each deadline date. Students applying for doctoral-level graduate assistantships and international students are strongly encouraged to apply by the January 15 or March 15 dates. Applications received following June 1st deadline will be considered on a space available basis. Applications for fall 2015 being accepted.
  • The program utilizes a priority deadline admission process. This means the program will hold all completed applicant files until the application deadline dates, then academic review will begin. The program will review all completed applications at one time (in a pool) and will request an interview and writing essay as part of the process to award limited spaces.

Wait List

The Educational Administration & Leadership doctor of education program generally admitts 15-18 students for each cohort. Due to the prestige of this doctoral program, more qualified applicants apply for the program than there is space available. Enrollment space is limited so the program can provide the best educational experience possible for students. When no space is available in the program, applicants who are qualified are offered a wait list option. They will have the opportunity to join the program should an admitted person not accept their offer. Please visit Wait List Information for more details about the wait list.

Application Materials

All your application materials must be received in the School of Graduate Studies office in order to be considered for admission. A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • Application for admission to doctoral degree.
  • A $55 application fee enclosed with your application. The fee is not refundable.
  • Official Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Please see Transcripts for details. SCSU transcripts and those from MnSCU institutions do not need to be requested, SCSU can obtain your transcript directly. International applicants must complete a WES or NACES course-by-course transcript evaluation.
  • Three or more Recommendation Letters (part of the online application).
  • A Resume or Curriculum Vita of career progress and professional accomplishments.
  • Professional Writing Sample (master’s research or thesis, published article, paper prepared for a professional conference or written analysis of a professional article).
  • Statement of Intent (part of the online application)
  • International applicants must complete a Proof of English proficiency and Financial certification paperwork (part of the online application)

Note: After each application deadline, those with complete applications will participate in an Interview with doctoral program faculty and complete a writing essay.

A complete application is one in which ALL application materials have been received by the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. No admission decision will be made until all application materials are received and the interview and writing essay are conducted.

Application materials will become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be available to the applicant or enrolled student for purposes other than admission consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the admission process?
We hold all completed applicant files until the application deadline dates (January 15, March 15, and June 1).  Following each application deadline, an academic review will begin and admissions interviews will be conducted.  Admission into the program is awarded on a competitive basis and a portion of applicants from each application pool whom received the highest reviews are offered available positions. Another portion of qualified applicants from each application pool may be offered a wait list option even if space remains available in the program. Upon completion of the June 1 applicant pool, available positions will be determined and those on the wait list may be offered any available positions in mid-July. Applicants who are on the wait list will have the opportunity to join the program should space become available or one of the accepted students does not accept the offer.

How likely is it that I’ll receive an admissions offer?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict what may happen with any particular person.

Why would I get wait listed if the program has openings in the program?
Admission to the Educational Administration and Leadership doctor of education degree is awarded on a competitive basis. In order to provide a timely admissions experience, we offer admission at three separate times.  However, due to the competitive nature of admission we offer admission to a certain portion of applicants following each of the three application deadlines.  This allows our brightest and most diverse candidates to be admitted, not those who apply first.

How can I determine what courses will apply towards my elective credits for the doctoral program?
The doctor of education in Educational Administration and Leadership is 72 credits in length. A maximum of 27 credits of professional/interdisciplinary elective courses may be applied towards the doctoral program electives upon approval. This may include coursework from a mix of master's (maximum 12 credits), post master's graduate certificate (maximum 27 credits), or doctoral (maximum 27 credits) coursework.

During orientation and/or during your first semester in the program, your advisor will work with you to determine which courses will apply towards your program electives. They will also work with you to determine any elective courses you may need to take that will be the best fit for you based on your career goals.

Can I take courses prior to the semester the cohort begins?
The program utilizes a cohort structure where a group of students progress together through the same academic curriculum. Coursework from one semester prepares students for coursework in following semesters. Thus, it does not allow anyone to begin the program until the semester the cohort begins.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found through Graduate Admissions.

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