Ed.D. Admission Requirements

Pre-Application Requirements and Procedures

Applicants seeking admission to the (EPS) Ed.D. Program must take certain pre-application steps prior to formal consideration for admission. The following sections describe the steps in the pre-application process. The applicant shall present and undertake the following:


A Master's Degree (minimum) from an accredited graduate school. Applicants with an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Certificate will be given preference.

Grade Point Average

Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher or graduate grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.


3 years of current relevant experience in a role(s) appropriate to the aims of the program. Applicants with demonstrated experience in formal research and/or publication will be given preference.

Portfolio (Vita / Resume)

The portfolio should present significant information regarding education, training, experience, accomplishments, current professional employment, and organizational memberships and activities, community involvement, and avocation interests. Applicants should list and append pertinent authored publications, grant/research reports, and any other pertinent documentation.  A graded graduate research paper must be included in the portfolio.

Foundational Coursework

Those individuals seeking administrative roles in K - 12 education should have completed a master's degree with a basic academic foundation in a field related to EPS. Specifically, the following 9 courses (35 credit hours): EDA 7620, 7640 or 7650, 7660, 7670, 7690, 8620, 8630, 8650, and at least 4 credit hours of internship or Practicum (e.g., EDA 8990, ED 7998, or EDA 7830). Coursework completed 7 or more years prior to application is inapplicable but may be re-validated with departmental consent. Transfer credit must be EPS equivalents of the courses listed.

Pre-Application Interview

The applicant should make an appointment with the Program Coordinator of the EPS program area to discuss their background and career goals.  This interview will help to clarify the compatibility between the applicant's career goals and the focus of the program area.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 30 graduate semester hours earned prior to admission as a doctoral applicant may be accepted for transfer, but not necessarily in lieu of specific course requirements. Credit earned beyond the 30 semester hours may not be over 10 years old at application. Only grades of "B" or better (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) are acceptable for transfer.

Application Procedures

On satisfactory completion of the pre-application procedures, the applicant may proceed with the formal application. All students should complete an online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts of all college-level work, both undergraduate and graduate, are to be mailed or sent electronically by the institution where the work was completed, directly to the University Graduate Admission Office.


Two professional and one academic references are required from persons who have knowledge of the applicant's academic and/or professional career potential.  Two of the three recommendations should be from college or university professors familiar with the work of the applicant as a student.

EPS Faculty Interview

After the pre-admission and admission requirements have been satisfied and received by the Department, the applicant may be invited to an interview conducted by the EPS faculty admissions committee.

Post-Admission Procedures

Assignment to an Advisor

If admitted the applicant is assigned to a faculty advisor. The applicant may request a specific advisor, advising loads permitting.

Plan of Work

Student and advisor develop the Ed.D. Plan of Work, which lists all required courses and dissertation credits. The plan of work, bearing the signed recommendation of the major advisor and the cognate advisor is filed with the Education Graduate Office, Room 489, for final approval. The plan must be submitted in the semester in which the student is completing the first 18 semester hours of coursework under advisement.  The minimum number of credit hours for the degree is 90 hours, which may include credits from the student's Master's Degree and Education Specialist Certificate Coursework.

Residency Requirement

a) At least 30 semester hours beyond the Master's Degree, exclusive of dissertation credit, must be taken in residence at WSU; b) At least 6 semester hours of regular course- work must be completed in each of 2 consecutive semesters anytime AFTER admission to the doctoral program; c) At least 30 semester hours, exclusive of dissertation credit, must be taken in coursework open only to graduate students ("700" course level or above).

Doctoral Committee

The student's doctoral committee shall consist of a minimum of three graduate faculty members: a) The major advisor (Chairperson of the Committee); b) a third member of the graduate faculty from inside or outside the College of Education.  If all three members of the Advisory Committee are from within the College of Education at least one of the members of the Committee must be from outside the division in which the major area of concentration resides.