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Educational Leadership and Management

School of Education


  • Athletic Administration
  • Athletic Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Administration Non-Certification
  • Educational Policy
  • Global and International Education
  • Higher Education
  • Higher Education Option 2
  • Human Resource Development
  • Learning Technologies
  • Special Education Leadership
Degrees OfferedAvailabilityLocation
EdDPart-TimePhiladelphia, Washington, DC, Online

Application Requirements

On-Campus Programs


Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.

Fall (Sept.)Winter (Jan.)Spring (March)Summer (June)
Philadelphia CohortAug. 15N/AN/AN/A
Washington, DC CohortN/AN/AMar. 9N/A

International students are not eligible to apply to this program.


  • Graduate Admission Application

    Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

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  • Transcripts

    Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended verifying completion of a master's degree in education or an appropriate field and undergraduate degree in an appropriate major.

  • Essay

    Discuss your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills, along with advanced study of educational leadership, will be of support in the attainment of those goals. 300 word maximum.

    Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

  • Résumé

    Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.

    Please indicate at least three years of work experience relevant to your professional goals.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.

    Request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

    Alternatively, you may submit your recommendation letters by mail. Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of the recommender. The recommendation envelope must be submitted unopened to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • Writing Sample

    Submit a 5- to 30-page writing sample that demonstrates your academic writing abilities. It is suggested that academic papers from prior coursework or journal articles (both that cite from peer-reviewed articles) will represent you best in the admission process. If a prior academic paper is not available, you are requested to create an academic paper five to eight pages in length on a topic of your choice. Alternatively, you may provide a writing sample where you are the solo author, this may be a work-based report that provides evidence of your critical thinking and writing skills.

    Problem of Practice

    In the Drexel EdD program, our students identify a problem of practice that becomes central to their dissertation research. While the final dissertation topic and the dissertation document evolve over time, generally, our students arrive with one or more ideas for a problem of practice they have an interest in studying. In this essay, you are asked to identify and describe a problem of practice relevant to your current (or former) context of professional practice.

    • Describe the significance of this problem to the organization.
    • Based on your present understanding of the problem, discuss the potential underlying causes and contributing factors that have created current challenges.
    • Identify questions that could be explored to learn more about the problem and that may help to create potential solutions.

    Submit your problem of practice with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

    Supplemental Application Materials

    To make your application more competitive, you are encouraged to submit TWO or more of the following items:

    • Detailed statement describing sustained leadership activities.
    • Detailed statement describing significant creative activities and/or products.
    • Detailed statement describing significant research activities and/or publications.
  • Mailing Addresses
    • By Postal Mail
      Drexel University
      Application Processing
      PO Box 34789
      Philadelphia, PA 19101-4789
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      3141 Chestnut Street
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Washington D.C. Hybrid and Online Programs

Please refer to Drexel University Online for application requirements and deadlines.

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