Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.)
  • Statement of purpose: The statement of purpose should convince the selection committee that you have solid achievements as a scholarly practitioner that will enable you to succeed in a selected doctoral program. The statement of purpose is composed of three distinctive parts:
    1. Describe the personal attributes and characteristics which, you believe, will allow you to work effectively with leaders, teachers, students, parents and/or community members in a K-12 educational setting.
    2. Describe past experiences (e.g. personal, academic, professional and research experiences) that have influenced your current career preparation objectives.
    3. Describe the areas in which you are interested in pursuing research during your doctoral studies.
  • Two letters of recommendation: You must submit two letters of recommendation that speak to your ability to successfully complete the program and your leadership potential. Recommendations from supervisors are preferred.
  • Standardized test scores: The Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, or any graduate equivalency exam are recommended but not required.
  • $70 application fee
  • Transcripts: When you apply, you must provide an unofficial transcript from the institutions where you earned your bachelor's and master's degrees. You must also submit transcripts from any additional college or university level coursework.

    Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to the following address:

    Fordham University
    45 Columbus Avenue
    2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10023

    If you are accepted into the program, you will need to submit final official transcripts from your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and any additional college or university level coursework prior to registering for classes. Should you be admitted, the registration process will quickly follow, so we encourage you to request official transcripts as soon as possible.

    Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

For International Applicants

  • We accept WES evaluations or any NACES transcript evaluating service.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores are required for international applicants. This requirement will be waived if
    • the applicant’s native language is English;
    • the applicant completed his or her undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S.; or
    • the applicant completed the degree outside of the U.S., but English was the primary language of instruction.

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