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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Doctoral Program

Ed.D. Program - Admissions

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is offered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge. The Program will admit a limited pool of educators each year who meet the academic requirements and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as educational leaders. The program is intended to prepare individuals for advanced level leadership positions. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis.

Selection Criteria

The most highly qualified applicants among the pool will be admitted into the program. Applications will be evaluated and selected according to the following criteria:

The Application Process

There are three phases to the application process: Pre-Selection, Selection to the Program, and Admission to the University. All applicants will submit materials for Pre-Selection; those most qualified will be invited to take part in the final selection process.  Finally, accepted candidates must confirm their place in the cohort through application to the University. 

Pre-Selection - Phase 1

Candidates will submit:

Please send the completed preliminary application, GRE scores, three sets of Letter of Recommendation, and other required materials to:

Office of Doctoral Programs
Education Building 3103
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Phase II: Selection

The most promising candidates identified in the Pre-Selection process will complete:

Phase III:  Admission to the University

Candidates who have been notified of their acceptance to the Ed.D. Program must apply to the University (online at CSU Mentor by June 1) in order to reserve their places.