Admission Information & Application

EdD Admission and Application Information



Ed.D. Applications

​Applicants applying to the EdD Program at Cal State LA:
The EdD In Educational Leadership degree focuses on the knowledge and skills needed by administrative leaders for possible service in either California public elementary and secondary school (P-12) or community college settings. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient preparation for, experience in, and potential for educational leadership, including successful educational leadership experience in P-12, community college, or postsecondary contexts, and/or policy leadership.  

Priority Deadline:         This program is not open for Fall 2023 admissions.
Rolling Admissions       This program is not open for Fall 2023 admissions.


  • The EdD Program will use CSU APPLY for the university and the program supplemental applications.
  • We accept ONE new cohort every fall semester. EdD Information Flyer view here
  • New online applications are available in the month of October, for the following fall semester

Why an EdD vs a PhD: Watch Video here


step one 
Apply to the University and the Ed.D. Program through Cal State  Click Here

NOTE: In order to qualify for our doctorate program, you must have a minimum cumulative 3.25 or above GPA in your Master's graduate study program.

  • Cal State  CSUApply . Graduate Level applicants do not need to fill out the following sections on the CSU Apply Application: Academic History or Supporting Information (Application Tutorial watch here)

  • International Students:  California Legislation Eduction Code 66040 read more ; International students who apply to our Ed.D. Doctoral Program at Cal State Los Angeles must plan to pursue leadership positions in PreK-16 in the State of California. Students who are studying is the US on a student visa do not qualify for this program.

step two 
Supplemental Ed.D. Application:  Use CSU Apply section titled "PROGRAM MATERIALS"

  • Complete all required sections of your Ed.D. program application which will require you to upload the following electronic documents:

    • A Statement of Purpose - (answer 3 Ed.D. Question Prompts on the application, 1/2-1 page per prompt. Question Prompts view here  )

    • Professional Resume

    • A Writing Sample (showcases your best writing skills, no more than 5-10 pages)

    •  THREE letters of Recommendation: Applicants will need the current email address of their recommenders to enter onto the application. One must be from your immediate supervisor. 

    • Unofficial Transcripts from each junior college/university of attendance to be uploaded. Transcripts from foreign countries must be evaluated by one of these two services IERF or WES.

step three
Mail Sealed Official Transcripts/Test Scores to Cal State LA

  • Please send sealed official transcripts. Submitting official transcripts to Admissions (read here) and MUST include from all universities you have attended. If you attended Cal State LA as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student, Cal State LA will have those transcripts on file for use on your university application.

  • You must mail or deliver your official transcripts by one of the following ways:

    • Electronically: See list of schools Cal State LA will accept transcripts from electronically read here

    • Walk-in Campus Location: Student Services Center. Admissions Office, Student Affairs Building, Room 101

    • Mail to:   
      Office of Admissions and Recruitment
      Cal State University, Los Angeles
      5151 State University Drive
      Los Angeles, CA  90032 



Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership
Division of Applied & Advanced Studies in Education
Charter College of Education
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8143
Doctoral Office: King Hall C1065
Phone: 323-343-6164     Fax: 323-343-4252
Office Staff: Cathy Morales [email protected]
Division Staff: Betty Lee