Admission Requirements

The program encourages individuals who have a background, experience and/or potential in educational leadership to apply for a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in P-12 or community college leadership.

Admission shall be granted on a competitive basis in accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (Section 41020). Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for the program but does not guarantee admission. Requirements for admission shall apply to all Ed.D. applicants and shall include, at minimum, the following:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree and master's degree from accredited institutions of higher education with a cumulative grade point average in graduate study of 3.0 or above;
  2. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the three sections of the General Test; (verbal, quantitative, and academic writing) GRE scores current within the previous five (5) years are acceptable as valid for this purpose. (applicants must score a 4.0 or above on the analytical writing portion of the GRE), and conditional admission may be offered to applicants with lower GRE writing scores;
  3. Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum score of 590 on the written, 243 on computer-based or internet-based test, 96 on the computer TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS;
  4. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the leadership and scholarship potential of the candidate;
  5. Written personal statement reflecting an understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/institutions of higher education in California;
  6. Writing sample (500-1000 words): Submit an essay discussing an educational problem that impacts educational equity in California. Include in this discussion a description of the issue and its impact on educational equity, factors that contribute to the issue, and potential solutions.
  7. Professional resume, including whether the applicant has proficiency in a second language although a second language is not required;
  8. Demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;
  9. Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, technology proficiency, and interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements to current educational policies and practices;
  10. 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. The Employer Letter of Support may be submitted after the applicant has been admitted.

Students whose applications meet the requirements listed above may be invited for an interview. The SF State Online Bulletin provides detailed information about admissions policies.