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Educational Leadership Ed.D.

Admissions Deadlines

Greeley: Fall Admission: April 1 (priority deadline). Applications received after April 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Denver + Online:  Students who complete the application process (including the interview) by June 10, 2017, are given priority screening and have increased opportunities for financial assistance.

Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Contact the Program Coordinator for advising.

Longmont + Online: Students who complete the application process (including the interview) by May 1, 2018, are given priority screening and have increased opportunities for financial assistance.

Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Contact the Program Coordinator for advising.

Glenwood Springs + Online:  Students who complete the application process (including the interview) by June 10, 2017, are given priority screening and have increased opportunities for financial assistance.

Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Contact the Program Coordinator for advising.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the following materials in a single packet along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

Apply to the UNC Graduate School
  • Complete the online application and pay the application fee (you will pay the fee after you complete all application questions and submit the application)
    • Domestic: $50 non-refundable application fee
    • International: $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Request one official transcript from all accredited colleges or universities attended since completing high school. UNC alumni do not need to submit UNC transcripts.
    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution is required for graduate admission.
    • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 credit hours completed is required.
  • International applicants: please read the additional directions below.

Step 3: Supplemental Items

You will need to log back into the online application system, scroll down and click on "Submit Supplemental Items" to do the following:

  1. Upload the item below:
    • Detailed statement of goals which describes your:
      • Demonstrated commitment to education
      • Contributions to professional education
      • Immediate and long-range personal, professional and academic goals
      • Rationale for pursuing the Ed.D. degree
      • Strengths and weaknesses as they apply to educational leadership
      • 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.
      • 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.
    • Current vita or resume which documents professional experiences in education.
    • Documentation of publications or completed research projects.
    • ELPS graduate applicant Background Information Sheet
    • A copy of K-12 related license(s) if applicable.
  2. Request three professional letters of recommendation (click on "start" to initiate each recommendation request)
  3. Take the GRE: Official GRE scores (less than five years old) are required.
    • UNC's institutional code is 4074.
    • Required minimum scores:
      • 140 Quantitative;
      • 146 Verbal Reasoning;
      • Combined score of at least 297;
      • Analytical Writing 3.5

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

International Applicants

International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.

For More Information
For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School at grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.