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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.

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 (The application fee process will appear once 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 any accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript from UNC. The Graduate School & International Admissions Office reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed. Applicants who have earned or are directly pursuing a higher degree from an accredited institution without receiving a bachelor’s degree (i.e. PharmD) may be eligible to apply to the Graduate School without the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. If an applicant intends to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies. Official transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent via mail directly from the educational institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program from the issuing institution. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:Graduate School and International AdmissionsUniversity of Northern ColoradoCampus Box 135501 20th StreetGreeley, CO 80639 Electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the educational institution to: grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu. The Graduate School and International Admissions does not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from applicants. All official transcripts, submitted as part of the application process, are retained by UNC and not returned to applicants or admitted students.

UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.

Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international 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.
    • Have a grade point average of 3.00 or better, on a 4.00 point scale, from the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress. If a master’s degree is in progress, a minimum of 18 credit hours must be completed for the GPA of the master’s degree to be used, otherwise the GPA from the bachelor’s degree will be used. Applicants admitted based on the requirement to complete a degree in progress must still provide an official transcript within the first semester of enrollment at UNC showing their degree conferred and a GPA of at least 3.0. If the transcript showing degree conferred reports a cumulative GPA less than 3.0, requirements defined by the program will be added to the student’s admission, just as they are for any admit with a GPA below 3.0.

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.