Ed.D. Admission Requirements

Students will be admitted to the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership based upon a recommendation from the Ed.D. Admissions Committee within each specialization. Students may select one of three specializations: 1) Leadership in Educational Administration; 2) Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction; or 3) Leadership in Higher Education. Once admitted, all students will complete a common core of leadership and research courses and a constellation of courses specific to the selected specialization. Applicants will be asked to identify the preferred degree specialization during the application process. Admissions decisions will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, eligibility requirements and available resources. Students admitted to the program will have met the following requirements:

  1. EDD studentsA Master's degree in school administration, supervision, curriculum, instruction, higher education and student affairs, or related field from an accredited university (official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate school are required)
  2. An overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. A score of at least 79 on the internet-based (TOEFL) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English or a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System
  4. A minimum of three years of documented leadership experience


  1. An application for graduate admission (available at www.uncw.edu/gradschool).
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Three written recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields addressing the applicant's potential to succeed in a doctoral program. Recommendations from individuals who have supervised the applicant will be given greater weight.
  4. Official score on the TOEFL (if applicable/see number 3 above).
  5. Letter of interest describing how your educational and professional background prepares you for doctoral study and your current (or possible) research interests. Please include how the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership will allow you to realize your goals.
  6. Interviews with faculty of each specialization for selected candidates.
  7. Current vitae/resume- to be submitted if scheduled for an interview.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program or a specialization.


Priority deadline for fall admissions is January 15. For more information about application deadlines, please visit the Graduate School website.