How To Apply

Admission Criteria & Process for Ed. D. Educational Leadership:

Admission to the program will be granted to those applicants who provide evidence of prior academic success; successful and appropriate professional experience; effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and professional and academic goals which may be effectively served by the degree program offered. Additional criteria may be established by an area of intensive study since some previous specialization work is presumed.


Requirements for regular admission (degree status) include:

  1. The applicant must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Each applicant must submit official transcripts of all previous academic work to the UNI Admissions Office - Graduate Admissions.  Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.5 for all prior graduate work will usually not be considered for regular admission.
  3. The applicant must have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical which includes the GRE Writing Assessment).
  4. Resume/vita. The applicant must have a minimum of three years of professional educational experience appropriate to the student's doctoral program goals.
  5. The applicant must complete the Application for Graduate Study or complete the Online Form.
  6. The applicant must complete the College of Education essay application (.docx).
  7. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically from individuals familiar with the applicant's potential for advanced professional study:
  • at least one from a university professor familiar with the applicant as a student
  • at least one from an educational employer/supervisor

Individuals can send electronic letters of recommendation as a pdf attachment to

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language Examination (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 600.

Provisional admission (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. An individual admitted to provisional degree status must be formally reconsidered for regular admission.


Admission Procedures

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Study or Online Form, College of Education essay application (.doc) and three letters of recommendation must be sent by email to (Note: There will also be a $50 application fee for admission to the program unless you graduated from UNI with a B.A. or M.A.E.).
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study must be sent to UNI's Admissions Office (2 Gilchrist Hall) c/o Graduate Admissions, Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0018.  "Official" means transcripts must be sent from Registrar to the UNI Admissions Office; no transcripts handled by students are acceptable.
  3. Official GRE General Test -- Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing -- scores must be received from the Educational Testing Service in order to be considered for admission.  Scores should be sent to the UNI Registrar's Office, c/o Graduate Admissions, Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0018.
  4. The applicant will be notified when applicant's file is complete.
  5. Decisions for summer/fall admission will be made on completed applications received prior to February 1.
  6. Those applicants may expect a decision by the end of March. 


Note: Information about Graduate Record Examinations may be obtained from the UNI Examinations Office, 125 Student Services Center, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0383 (319-273-6024) or at this website: 


International Student Admission

Since international students are required to provide additional material prior to admission, materials should be requested from and submitted to: International Admissions, 2 Gilchrist Hall, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018.