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Doctor of Education at Southwest Baptist University

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the program should be currently involved in a leadership role, or have had previous experience in leadership roles, with priority given to students holding positions with administrative responsibilities. The educational experience may encompass a number of settings, including school administration, colleges and universities, and community and/or faith-based organizations. The Ed. D. Admissions Committee will consider the following factors in the admission of an applicant to the program, and strength in one area may be weighed favorably against shortcomings in another:

  • Evidence of a completed master’s degree in educational administration from an accredited university with a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for courses applied toward the master’s degree;
  • Evidence of a completed educational specialist degree in educational administration or curriculum and instruction from an accredited university with a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for courses applied toward the educational specialist degree;
  • Evidence of successful completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and/or the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) and/or a current Professional Development Plan;
  • Evidence of certification as a building or district level administrator;
  • Commitment and demonstration of the advancement of education through professional leadership as indicated by:
    • Currently holding an administrative position;
    • Currently holding a leadership position in a related field,
    • Essay of applicant’s professional accomplishments, career goals and personal philosophy of leadership, no more than two pages in length.
  • GRE score.
  • Three recommendation forms completed by those knowledgeable of applicant’s professional, academic, and ethical qualities;
  • Submission of a professional vitae/resume.


The Ed D Admissions Committee composed of members of the graduate studies program in education may request an interview with the applicant.

Admission Procedures

  • Ed. D candidates will submit all required documents by December 1st to the Director of Ed.D. (see attached application).
  • SBU Graduate Department Faculty will comprise the committee to review all application materials.
  • Candidates will be objectively selected based on ratings of performance on their admission standards and writing sample.
  • Candidates will be notified if they were accepted into the program by March 1st.
  • Students not accepted into the program may appeal to the Director of Ed.D. studies requesting a review by the Department Chair and the Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences. The applicant will be notified of their decision within three (3) weeks of the receipt of the appeal.