How to Apply

Applying to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

For Admission to the Fall 2018 Cohort

  • Early Consideration: February 1, 2018, rolling admissions until filled.
  • Application deadline:  Monday, April 2, 2018.
  • We encourage you to apply early to ensure your application is considered.
  • We also encourage prospective students to begin the financial aid application process early. For more information, go to the SF State Financial Aid website and read the Guide to Financial Aid.

Cohorts will be accepted each year for the Fall semester only.

Preparing application materials

In order to complete your online application, you will need to be ready with the following materials:

1.  Documents

  • Transcripts: For this University requirement, you will need to provide transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded initially, however, if accepted, you will be required to upload official transcripts.

  • Personal Statement: This should be typed, single-spaced and should be between one to two pages. Describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program, your preparation for this field of study and why our program is a good fit for you. Also include discussion of your future career plans, and other aspects of your background as well as interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. You may indicate potential faculty mentors as part of your study and research interests. (1,000-word limit)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Résumé: This should demonstrate your work and leadership experience, education, and relevant activities and accomplishments;

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Test results for the general test including Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing

    • Must be current within 5 years of the application deadline.

    • When taking the test you can request that an official score report be sent directly to SF State by selecting Institution Code 4684.

    • If you have a hard copy of the official scores, you will be able to upload a scanned copy into the online application.

2.  Evaluations

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: You must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from employers or other individuals who can attest to your suitability for the program.  Each letter should be signed and on letterhead. 


Applying to the EdD Program

Domestic ApplicantsApply online here. Select San Francisco State EDD - Community College or P-12

International applicants must submit additional documents. Visit the Graduate Studies/International Applications website for complete details.