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Doctoral Program Application Process

Now Accepting Applications

Fall 2014 Cohort
in Maple Grove


Future Cohort Locations:

Fall 2015 Cohort in St. Cloud

*Location is subject to change

The Educational Administration & Leadership Ed.D. program 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 review and an interview will be scheduled. Thereafter, an admission recommendation will be forwarded to the SGS for a final decision and notification to the applicant. Applicants may apply online at

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 meeting the June 1st deadline will be considered on a space available basis. 

Wait List

The Educational Administration & Leadership Ed.D. program generally admitts 15 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

  • Online 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 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 online application)
  • Participation in an interview with doctoral program faculty and complete a writing essay.
  • International applicants must complete a Proof of English proficiency and Financial certification paperwork (part of online application)

A complete application is one in which all the above application materials have been received by the School of Gradaute Studies.

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 do you mean by a priority deadline?
This program will hold all completed applicant files until the application deadline date, then academic review will begin. The program will review all completed applications at one time (in a pool) and will schedule an interview as part of the process to award limited spaces. If space remains in the program, a second and third round of review and possible interviews will be held for completed files received after the priority deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

How can I determine what courses will apply towards my elective credits for the doctoral program?
The Ed.D. 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), sixth-year licensure (maximum 27 credits), or doctoral (maximum 27 credits) courswork.

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.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found through Graduate Admissions.

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