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Admissions Information

EdD in Educational Leadership and Management

Our goal is to provide an exceptional educational experience for our doctoral students.

The application response to our EdD program has been significant. Consequently, we build cohorts by hand-selecting students with the greatest potential to optimize his/her experience in the program and in preparation for their future careers. Because our applicants have diverse academic and life experiences, we provide an opportunity for each candidate to submit additional materials that specifically support their candidacy.

Once we receive your completed application, we may arrange for an interview with our program director.

Application Requirements for New Applicants

For details regarding the items below, please review the Admission Application Checklist.

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended verifying completion of a master's degree in education or an appropriate field (with a 3.5 GPA or better) and undergraduate degree in an appropriate major.
  • Résumé indicating at least 3 years of work experience relevant to applicant's professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation – Use the Electronic Letter of Recommendation form to submit your recommendation letters.
  • Students who wish to pursue the Nursing Education concentration will need to provide a copy of their RN license.

Submission Part 1: (300 words maximum)

  • 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.

Submission Part 2: A problem of practice (750 words maximum)

  • In the Drexel Ed.D 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 a former) context of professional practice.
  • Describe the significance of this problem to this organization.
  • Based on your present understanding of the problem, discuss the potential underlying causes and contributing factors that have created the current challenges.
  • What questions could be explored to learn more about the problem that may help to create potential solutions.

Submission Part 3: Writing Sample (5-30 page)

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 admissions process. If a prior academic paper is not available, you are requested to create an academic paper 5 to 8 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 evidences your critical thinking and writing skills.

Supplemental Application Materials for New Applicants

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

  • Detailed statement describing sustained Leadership Activities.
  • Detailed statement describing significant Creative Activities / Products.
  • Detailed statement describing significant Research Activities / Publications.


Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.

Location Fall Priority Deadline DU Employee/Regular Deadline Priority Spring Term Spring Term
Online May 31
 July 15 November 7 January 15
Philadelphia, PA May 31
 July 15 N/A N/A
Washington, DC
May 31  July 15 N/A

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline. When each deadline is reached, all applications completed by that time will be sent for faculty committee review. Please allow 4-6 weeks for application review and decision.

Please note that completed applications received after July 20th are at a higher risk of not having their financial aid fully processed by the start of the Fall Term, although the University will make every effort to do so.

Readmission Applicants

Students who were previously enrolled in an academic program, but did not earn their degree are considered Readmission Applicants. Students who withdrew from the University, were dismissed due to academic reasons, or have not registered for classes for four consecutive quarters, will need to be readmitted to their academic program in order to continue their education.

When reapplying for admission, students should answer "yes" to the question on the application that asks if you have ever previously attended and/or applied to Drexel University. Also, in addition to a completed application, students must also submit a readmission essay and the latest version of their resume/CV.

For instructions and requirements for readmission, please visit

If you are applying for readmission for the EdD DC Hybrid, please follow the instructions listed at

Note: Students who have been permanently dismissed by the University are not eligible for readmission.

Application Information for Drexel University Employee Applicants

The EdD in Educational Leadership and Management program only accepts 5 benefit-eligible employees into the program each academic year with review and acceptance in the fall. Once the application submission cycle is closed, all employee applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made at that time with offers being extended to the top five competitive applications. Once employee applications are reviewed, employee applicants will receive notification from Drexel University Graduate Admissions regarding the application decision.

The following is the process for all employee applications:

  1. Once a complete application is sent to the department and a review of the resume determines the applicant is an employee, the file will be reviewed to ensure the file is complete.
  2. Applicants should contact Human Resources independently to discuss their tuition remission eligibility and tax implications.
  3. All employee applications, irrespective of when a complete file is received, will be reviewed in one review cycle when the application submission cycle has concluded.
  4. All complete employee application collateral must be received by the EdD department from Graduate Admissions by July 15th to be considered for that academic year. Any application received by the department after July 15th, irrespective of when it was submitted in the system, will be contacted by the department for determination if the applicant would like the application withdrawn or deferred to the next academic year.
  5. All employee applications will be reviewed after the July 15th date and decisions will be disseminated by Graduate Admissions.
  6. Any questions regarding an application decision should be directed to Graduate Admissions.

For More Information

Deanna Hill, JD, PhD

Financial Aid

Drexel Central assists and counsels students and families in identifying and procuring financial resources required for study at Drexel.

Students are provided with a DrexelOne account, which allows them to check the status of their financial aid awards online 24-hours a day. Drexel Central has professional staff available on all three Drexel campuses who can help students address questions or concerns about financial aid applications, awards, and other financing options.

Also please view the following pages for further details and financial aid options: