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Application Process (EdD)

The Higher Education Administration 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 www.stcloudstate.edu/graduatestudies.


Admission Requirements Specific to the Program

Now Accepting Applications

Fall 2014 Cohort in St. Cloud


Future Cohort Locations:

*Fall 2015 Cohort in St. Cloud
*Fall 2016 Cohort in St. Cloud

*Location is subject to change

  • For admission consideration, Ed.D. applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements plus additional program requirements listed below.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  All applicants must submit a GRE score. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or other recognized graduate admissions tests may be accepted in lieu of the GRE but is subject to approval by the graduate dean and department.
  • Our application criteria and review procedures give significant advantage to applicants who have work experience in higher education organizations or other professional work experience.

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 Higher Education Administration 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

  • 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.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. Please write your test date on your application.
  • 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 the online application)
  • Participation in an interview with doctoral program faculty.
  • International applicants must complete a Proof of English proficiency and Financial certification paperwork (part of the 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.

Do I need to take the GRE test?
All students in the Higher Education Administration doctoral program are required to take the GRE test. This score is only one small piece in determining admission. Admission is determined based upon an overall assessment of the applicant’s application materials such as work experience, career goals, letters of recommendation, academic background, GRE scores, writing sample, and interview with program faculty. Our application criteria and review procedures give significant advantage to applicants who have work experience in higher education organizations or other professional work experience. We know a majority of our applicants have been out of college for some time or have English as a second language and understand how this may affect GRE scores. For this program, the verbal reasoning and analytical writing scores are more important than the quantitative mathematical portion. Please just do the best that you can. No minimum score is needed to be accepted into the program.

How can I prepare for the GRE test?
St. Cloud State University has extensive test prep courses for the GRE test through extensive classroom instruction by experienced instructors in flexible face-to-face and online schedule options. You will receive comprehensive preparation materials and explanations, multiple practice test taking opportunities, thorough presentations and explanations. For more information, please visit www.scsutraining.com/testprep

What if I am not able to get my GRE taken before the application deadline?
In this circumstance, we recommend that you schedule your GRE as soon as possible. Please write your GRE test date on your application. We will then watch for your GRE scores to come in later. A final admission decision will not be made until the scores are received. Therefore, please take the GRE test at the earliest convenient time.

My GRE scores are over five (5) years old, will you still accept them?

The Educational Testing Services only keeps GRE scores for five years after the testing year in which you tested. However, the doctoral program will accept scores over five years old if you still have your original letter with your GRE scores. Take your original copy to a notary public and have them make a copy of your original. They can notarize the copy indicating that the copy was made from your original letter.

How can I determine what courses will apply towards my program electives?
Students can apply up to 12 master’s level courses towards doctoral program electives. During your first semester in the program, your advisor will work with you to determine which courses may be applied towards your doctoral program. You advisor will also work with you to determine which elective courses 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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