Ed.D. & Ph.D.: Majors & Admission Process

General Admission Policies for College of Education Doctoral Programs

Some programs have specific prerequisites that may exceed or be in addition to those listed below. For example, some program areas require a minimum of three years teaching experience or the equivalent. Students should consult program area advisors for policies specific to any given program and review the Doctoral Program Area Admissions Chart.


  1. Most programs require a Masters degree from an accredited graduate school.

  2. An undergraduate grade point average of "B" or above (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale). Applicants with grade point averages of less than 3.0 for the baccalaureate must present evidence of superior academic achievement in a Masters Degree program (3.5 or above) before being considered for admission. GPA requirements may be higher in some programs.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Majors and Concentrations

  • Educational Evaluation & Research
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Instructional Technology 
  • Reading, Language and Literature
  • Special Education - Admissions Moratorium through the end of the Winter 2016 Semester

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Majors and Concentrations

  • Counseling
  • Ph.D. - Educational Studies
    • K-12 or General
    • Art Education
    • Career & Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • English Education
    • Foreign Language Education
    • Mathematics Education
    • Science Education
    • Social Studies Education   
  • Educational Evaluation & Research
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Learning & Instruction Sciences
  • School Psychology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Kinesiology
    • Physical Education Pedagogy
    • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Special Education - Admissions Moratorium through the end of the Winter 2016 Semester

Application Process

Applicants not previously admitted and enrolled at Wayne State University Graduate School are required to submit an online Application for Graduate Admission and all official transcripts from each college or university (undergraduate and graduate) attended to the University Admissions Office (see address below). A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from the institution where the work was completed and bears an official seal. Transcripts mailed to the student are not considered official, even if sealed in a separate envelope.

Office of Graduate Admissions
Wayne State University

5057 Woodward Ave.
Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

Phone: (313) 577-GRAD (4723)
Fax: (313) 577-0131

A graduate student in good standing with the Wayne State University Graduate School should file a Change of Status Application in the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education. Official transcripts of all college level work, both undergraduate and graduate, may be required; if so, they should be mailed directly to the Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education by the institution where the applicant was enrolled. The Change of Status Application is available online or on the campus of Wayne State University in Room 489, College of Education.

Doctoral applications should be submitted 6 to 9 months prior to the term of admission (unless otherwise noted). Application deadlines will vary for different programs. Please check with the Department for exact deadline dates.  An earlier deadline date will take precedence over the University's General Application Deadline Dates.

Doctor Philosophy in Counseling

  • Fall - May 1
  • Winter - November 1
  • Spring/Summer - March 1

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

  • January 15, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology

  • Fall - February 14

Note: The Division of Academic Services will forward forms and directions for the Examinations, Autobiographical Statement or Vita and References (see below) to the applicant after the application and transcripts have been received. All programs require an autobiographical statement, references, a writing examination and an interview. Some programs have additional requirements. After the initial application has been submitted, an e-mail message will be sent to the applicant listing specific items that must be submitted to Division of Academic Services, Room 489, College of Education.


All applicants are required to complete a writing examination. They will be evaluated on writing ability and knowledge of the field. Additional written and/or oral examinations may be required by program areas at their discretion.

Autobiographical Statement or Vita

An autobiographical statement or vita is required of all applicants. It should reveal significant information about educational training and experience as well as community, vocational, and avocational involvements. It is important to know about the applicant's current professional activities including memberships in professional organizations and publications.


Four professional and/or academic references may be required from persons who have knowledge of the applicant's academic and/or professional career potential. Two academic recommendations must be from college or university professors who have known the applicant as a student. For applicants to Instructional Technology, all four references must be academic recommendations.

Departmental Interview

When all required transcripts, test results, recommendations, the autobiographical statement, and other materials have been received and reviewed, the applicant may be invited to meet with an interview committee from the Program Area of Concentration. If admission is recommended, an advisor will be assigned to direct the student's work.