Admission to EdD

College of Education Doctoral Study

Applications to UNI's doctoral study should be made through the Graduate College Application and the appropriate Intensive Study Area Application. Both applications must be submitted electronically by February 1 to start the EdD program in the fall or October 1 to start the EdD program in January.


Checklist for Admission


  _____ Application submitted to Graduate College
  _____ Application Fee Paid for non-UNI grads: $50
  _____ Official transcripts sent from all previous institutions
  _____ GRE scores sent directly from testing institution to UNI Office of Admissions
  _____ If International Student, TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted
  _____ College of Education EdD ISA Application submitted to chosen ISA
  _____ A typed formal written statement submitted electronically. This statement should articulate your professional background, your reasons for seeking a doctoral degree, and your career goals as related to the Research Threads of the Intensive Study Area you are applying to and the UNI EdD program in general. Please limit this statement to 1000 words.
  _____ Professional resume or curriculum vitae submitted electronically. This should include educational information including certifications/endorsements held, professional experience, any publications, and professional development and/or leadership experience.
  _____ Three letters of recommendation must be electronically submitted from individuals familiar with the applicant's potential for advanced professional study, including at least one from a professor familiar with the applicant as a student and at least one from a professional supervisor. Please provide the EdD Reference Form to your chosen references.
  _____ Confirmation of master's level education research methods and statistics coursework: MEASRES 6205 (250:205) or HPELS 6290 (440:290) or equivalent AND a substantial intro to statistics courses, MEASRES4180/5180 or HPELS 6210 (440:210) or equivalent
  _____ Confirmation of 3.0 gpa on all coursework attempted at the graduate level

Admission to the program will be granted to applicants who provide evidence of prior academic success; successful and appropriate professional experience; effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and evidence of professional and academic goals that may be effectively met by the degree program offered. An Intensive Study Area may establish additional criteria since some previous specialization work is presumed.

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Each applicant must submit transcripts of all previous academic work. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.50 for all prior graduate work will not usually be considered for unconditional admission.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Students applying for admission to the EdD degree program must have their verbal, analytical writing, and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions in order to be considered for degree status admission.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of three years of appropriate professional experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from individuals familiar with the applicant's potential for advanced professional study, including at least one from a professor familiar with the applicant as a student and at least one from a professional employer or supervisor.
  • Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required from applicants whose first language is not English. The minimum required scores for unconditional admission are 550 (paper) / 79-80 (Internet) on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS.  The requirement to submit these scores may be waived only by the Graduate College through a direct request from a graduate program (not from a prospective student). A typical circumstance in which a waiver may be granted is that the student has completed a bachelor's or graduate degree at an accredited English-speaking institution.
  • All intensive study areas require a written statement from each applicant as part of the total application packet. The written statement should articulate the applicant’s professional background, reasons for seeking the doctoral degree, and a statement of career goals. Contact the appropriate Intensive Study Area for complete application requirements.
  • Provisional degree status may be recommended for an applicant who does not meet all of the requirements or for whom it is felt that further graduate course work or professional experience would be useful in making the admission decision. Provisional degree status will not be considered for applicants whose admission files are incomplete. An individual admitted to provisional degree status must be formally reconsidered for unconditional admission, and course work completed during that time must be subsequently approved by an appropriate faculty committee before it may be applied to a degree.

Soon after admission, an advisor will be appointed for each student. In most instances, the advisor will be from the student's area of intensive study. The student should meet with the advisor to discuss the coursework to be submitted for approval for application to their 27-hour Intensive Study Area.