Educational Leadership Admissions

Educational Leadership Doctorate



The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership seeks candidates who are committed to:

  • Actively participating in discussions, presentations, seminars, and research
  • Addressing social justice issues in their communities
  • Analyzing issues from multiple perspectives
  • Engaging in rigorous coursework
  • Demonstrating professional and ethical behavior

Admission criteria

The following set of criteria will be used to evaluate an application to the PSU College of Education EdD program.

  1. Academic ability
    For example, GPA, types of courses successfully completed
    Sources: transcripts, letters of recommendation
  2. Academic experiences appropriate to the selected specialization
    For example, coursework, educational background
    Sources: personal statement, resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation
  3. Professional experiences appropriate to the doctoral program and selected specialization
    For example, work (including volunteer work) in schools, agencies, organizations, or community; leadership experience
    Sources: resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation
  4. Purposes and goals appropriate to the doctoral program and the selected specialization
    For example, describes and explains reasons for selection of this doctoral program and the specialization in light of future goals
    Source: personal statement
  5. Writing skills
    For example, clearly communicates ideas through written language; articulates a coherent, persuasive and organized argument; follows writing conventions.
    Sources: writing samples, personal statement
  6. Experience working with diverse individuals, groups, communities
    For example, demonstrates cultural responsiveness, interpersonal communication skills, and/or advocacy for diverse individuals or groups; promotes collaboration with group or community
    Sources: writing samples, personal statement, letters of recommendation
  7. Leadership potential
    For example, shows interest and motivation toward future leadership contributions to specific field; describes desire, ability, and skills related to specific future contributions to community.
    Sources: personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation

Application availability and deadline

Specialization admission details are:

Specialization Timeline
Curriculum & Instruction (preK-12) Applications available September 2, 2021 for Fall 2022 start - Application deadline 9:00pm PST December 1, 2021 (2 year admission cycle, subject to change)
Special Education Applications available September 2, 2021 for Fall 2022 start - Application deadline 9:00pm PST December 1, 2021 (2 year admission cycle, subject to change)
Administration (K-12) Applications are not being accepted until further notice, which will likely be Fall 2022 or later. (subject to change)
Postsecondary Education Applications available September 1, 2020 for Summer 2021 start - Application deadline 9:00pm PST December 31, 2020 (3 year admission cycle, subject to change)

Any changes will be posted on this page as soon as they become available. Thank you for your understanding and patience. For more information, contact

Information sessions

There are no information sessions currently being offered. Once sessions have been scheduled, you can register here.

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Admission application

Before applying to our program you must:

  • Possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.4 GPA (on a 4.0 point scale) or expect to receive one prior to the start of the term of admission
  • Meet the University English language proficiency requirement if your first language is not English. Please note that this requirement applies to all students, including resident aliens and citizens.

Application requirements:

  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for classes.
  • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
    • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
    • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
  • Previous applicants:
    • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    • Graduate Admissions
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751 (OGS)
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to
  • A written statement (approximately 4-5 pages, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1" margins) articulating how your background and experience have prepared you for the doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Address your educational philosophy and the relationship you see with the College of Education Conceptual Framework. Briefly discuss your research interests.
  • At least two samples of scholarly writing such as published articles, monographs, or unpublished papers (e.g., essays, term papers, or one section of your thesis).
  • Current résumé (reflect your volunteer or work experience within the related field)
  • Name and e-mail address of at least three people who can provide positive letters of recommendation for you.  (Official instructions about the letter of recommendation will be provided within the application process).
  • Application Fee Waiver Information
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  • Apply for Financial Aid via the FAFSA

Questions about the application process?

If you have questions about the EdD application process, please email

Equal Opportunity

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. This policy implements state and federal law (including Title IX), and inquiries about it should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, 122 Cramer Hall.