EdD Admission

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2016!  Deadline for priority consideration is October 1, 2015 .

To be considered for admission as a degree-seeking Ed.D. student, you must first submit the following to the Office of the Graduate School:

  • Completed application.  Apply online at https://admit.xavier.edu/apply where you can register for an account and start your application by selecting “Leadership Studies Doctorate Program (Ed.D).”
  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work from accredited colleges or universities
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), GMAT, LSAT or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score  (You do not have to re-take an admissions test if you have a copy of your previous test score.)
  • A 1,000-word minimum statement of how you believe the Ed.D. program will help you reach your short- and long-term professional goals
  • Resume of work and volunteer experience
  • Three letters of reference from individuals addressing your academic/professional potential for doctoral study

Applicants must have an advanced degree (i.e., Master’s degree, J.D., or Ph.D.) with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution, without exception.  Applicants whose prior study was outside the United States must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree.

There are no set prerequisite courses or majors, and prior coursework in education is not required. The committee reviews performance in all prior post-secondary coursework. Candidates may be required to take an educational research or comparable course (Xavier EDFD 507/08 suffices) before enrolling in the program’s research courses.

To ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by:

  • Fall semester:  April 1
  • Spring semester:  October 1 

A committee of faculty reviews the pool of applications after each of those dates and invites selected candidates to an on-campus interview to continue the application process.  Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session with faculty prior to completing the application process.  Dates and times for information sessions are available on the Ed.D. website.

Students have 9 years to complete the doctoral degree program, with a possible 1-year extension upon approval of the Dean of the College of Professional Sciences.


Financial Aid

If you take at least 6 credit hours per semester, a limited amount of graduate scholarship money is available on a semester-by-semester basis.  All applications for a graduate study grant should be made through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, www.xavier.edu/financial-aid/graduate

Graduate assistantships, federal loans and other forms of financial assistance are also available to graduate students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.


For More Information, contact:

Department of Educational Leadership & Human Resource Development
College of Professional Sciences
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-3232
Phone:  513-745-4210
Fax:  513-745-3504
Email: xuedd@xavier.edu


Office of the Graduate School
100 Hailstones Hall
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-3211
Phone:  513-745-3360
Toll Free:  800-344-4698
Email: xugrad@xavier.edu

Xavier University is an academic community committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, sex, race, religion, handicap or national origin.

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