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Admission Information: Doctor of Education (EdD) and Executive Leadership (Three-Year Option)

A limited number of students are admitted to SPU's combined EdD and Executive Leadership program each year. Applicants must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The combined program requires 90 quarter credits to complete.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Official transcripts documenting excellent undergraduate and graduate GPAs from an accredited institution where an academic degree was conferred. Include post-master's degree graduate coursework.
    • Note, to be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to Graduate Admissions as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope. Electronic transcripts received via eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment Exchange are also acceptable.
    • If your degree is not from a US college or university, please arrange for your transcript to be evaluated by an accredited transcript-evaluation company, such as FIS or WES. Have the report forwarded directly to Graduate Admissions.
  • Personal statement expressing your professional plans, goals, and focus of study, as well as a rationale for pursuing an EdD degree and Superintendent Certificate. This should be no more than 500 words.
  • GRE (Graduate Records Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores taken within five years of application.
    • On the GRE, preferred minimum scores of 151 in Verbal Reasoning and 149 in Quantitative Reasoning.
    • On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Four recent letters of recommendation, including two academic and two professional recommendations.
  • Résumé documenting a minimum of three years of successful experience at the P–12 level or other similar educational setting.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, applicants to the executive leadership specialization must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Copy of current Washington state teaching or ESA certificate, front and back.
  • Copy of current Washington state administrator's certificate, if earned (e.g., principal or program administrator), front and back.
  • Site Agreement form, available in the online application.

Following the submission of all of these items, your file will be reviewed by the core graduate faculty. You will be contacted regarding the status of your application, and to schedule an interview, within approximately two weeks.

All correspondence regarding the interview process will be carried out by email using the address you provide in the application. Please set your email filters accordingly.

Application Deadline

Summer Session: May 15

Application and Admissions Questions

Contact Graduate Admissions at 800-601-0603 or

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