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Ed.D. Admissions and Application Process

A  completed application for on-campus Ed.D. admission includes the following:

  • Submitted online application . (There is no application fee for the on-campus Ed.D. program)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. A masters degree or 30 credit hours of relevant graduate-level coursework is required for admission. Please scan and attach your unofficial transcript(s), or a copy of your official transcript(s), to your application. Note: Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application. We understand that requesting official transcripts can be expensive, so we only require official, sealed transcripts if you are admitted and enroll at Vanderbilt.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of successful professional experience
  • Statement of purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. GRE scores are required and you must have taken the exam within the last 5 years. An official score report must sent directly from the testing agency to Vanderbilt. Our GRE institutional code is 1871 and there is no department code.
  • Additional materials (e.g., portfolio or articles)

Admission to the Ed.D. program depends upon several factors, including the overall quality of application materials, depth of professional experience, relevant degree(s) from accredited institution(s), applicant/program fit, a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 303-305 or higher, and a record of academic and professional achievement . The average GRE score of entering cohorts is above 306.

International Students: The part-time structure of this program makes it impossible for international students to obtain a U.S. student visa. Because of this, we are unfortunately unable to accept applications from international students.

The priority deadline to submit your application for Summer 2018 admission is December 31, 2017. Applications received after December 31 will be evaluated for admission and financial aid on a space-and-funds-available basis.


Click here for application information on our online Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations.

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