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. Students may select one of three concentrations: 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 courses and a constellation of courses specific to the selected concentration. Applicants will be asked to identify the preferred degree concentration during the application process. Admission 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. Satisfactory scores (mean or above) on all three parts of the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE scores more than five years old at the time of application will not be considered). https://www.uncw.edu/testingservices/national/index.html
  4. 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
  5. 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. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing).
  4. 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.
  5. Official score on the TOEFL (if applicable/see number 4 above).
  6. Letter describing your interest in pursuing a degree in leadership, focusing on either administration, curriculum and instruction, or higher education, professional goals related to the program description, teaching and leadership experiences and philosophy of teaching and learning (maximum of three pages).
  7. Interviews with Watson College of Education faculty-to be set-up in the spring for selected candidates.
  8. Current vitae/resume- to be submitted if scheduled for an interview.


We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017. For more information about application deadlines, please visit the Graduate School website.