Application Requirements

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Admissions Criteria

  1. A Master’s degree from accredited college or university.
  2. Current vita or resume which documents professional experiences in education
  3. Professional assessment forms from two individuals, one of whom is qualified to provide a review of your academic ability,and one of whom may assess your professional ability. Additional forms can be downloaded below.
  4. Detailed statement which describes your:
    1. Demonstrated commitment to education
    2. Contributions to professional education
    3. Immediate and long-range personal, professional, and academic goals
    4. Rationale for pursuing the Ed.D. degree
    5. Strengths and weaknesses as they apply to educational leadership
  5. Documentation of publications of completed research projects, if available.
  6. As part of your personal statement, you are also asked to provide a brief essay in which you identify and discuss a significant, current educational problem. Describe how you would attempt o solve the problem identified.

Graduate School Requirements for Doctoral Admissions

  1. UNC Graduate School Application for Admission – available as a hard copy or on-line at Graduate School's Web site. International students must fill out a hard copy application and provide other documentation (i.e. TOEFL scores)
  2. Three letters of recommendation (see ELPS Program Requirements; do not use Graduate School Reference Form)
  3. Non-refundable processing fee.
  4. Two official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies attended since high school
  5. Official copies of GRE scores (less than five years old)

Note:The Graduate School, following the guidelines published by the Educational Testing Service, does not apply a specific GRE score or GPA cutoff in determining minimal criteria for admission eligibility to a doctoral program. The Graduate School utilizes a decision matrix which combines GRE general test scores and GPA (see UNC Catalog) to determine whether applicants meet Graduate School requirements. The Graduate School does allow programs to recommend admission of applicants who do not meet the Graduate School requirements if factors exist which justify an exception.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies for Program Requirements

  1. Complete Graduate Program Applicant Background Information Sheet (See link below)
  2. Current vita or resume which documents professional experiences in education
  3. Professional assessment forms from two individuals, one of whom is qualified to provide a review of your academic ability,and one of whom may assess your professional ability. (See link below)
  4. Detailed statement which describes your:
    1. Demonstrated commitment to education
    2. Contributions to professional education
    3. Immediate and long-range personal, professional, and academic goals
    4. Rationale for pursuing the Ed.D. degree
    5. Strengths and weaknesses as they apply to educational leadership
  5. Documentation of publications of completed research projects, if available.
  6. As part of your personal statement, you are also asked to provide a brief essay in which you identify and discuss a significant, current educational problem. Describe how you would attempt to solve the problem identified.

Residency Requirement: Doctoral students must complete at least two academic semester/summer terms of study in residence after having been admitted to the doctoral degree program. A semester/term in residence is defined as registration for at least 9 hours of graduate credit of on-campus work applicable to the doctoral degree. Courses numbered 622 (Directed Study) and 797 (Dissertation Proposal) cannot be counted in the 9 or more credit hours unless a student also completes at least 6 credit hours of on-campus coursework applicable to the doctoral degree. Departmental prefix 799 (Doctoral Dissertation) may not be used under any circumstances to meet the residency requirement.

Application Materials to be Submitted

Complete online form for U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents & International students (Graduate, Undergraduate, Transfer):

Materials to Submit to the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Program:

  1. Background Information Sheet
  2. Current vita or resume which documents professional experiences in education
  3. Professional assessment forms from two individuals, one of whom is qualified to provide a review of your academic ability,and one of whom may assess your professional ability. Forms can be downloaded through this link:
  4. Detailed statement which describes your:
    1. Demonstrated commitment to education
    2. Contributions to professional education
    3. Immediate and long-range personal, professional, and academic goals
    4. Rationale for pursuing the Ed.D. degree
    5. Strengths and weaknesses as they apply to educational leadership
  5. As part of your personal statement, you are also asked to provide a brief essay in which you identify and discuss a significant, current educational problem. Describe how you would attempt to solve the problem identified.
  6. Documentation of publications or completed research projects, if available.

Send the above information to:

ELPS Program Admissions Committee

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Room 418 McKee Hall, Campus Box 103

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO 80639