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Admission Requirements and How to Apply

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Adult, Higher, and Community Education

Our admissions process is done in two phases. You must:

Step 1. Meet the doctoral admission requirements and apply online to the Graduate School. If you are accepted by the Graduate School, your materials are forwarded for step two.

Step 2. Meet the requirements of the Department of Educational Studies. The Advanced Graduate Studies Committee for Adult and Community Education, which determines admission to the program, considers the following:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (must have a verbal plus quantitative of 1,000 or more)
  • Grade point average (GPA) in previous graduate work (3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale)
  • Reference letters
  • Your professional and personal goals
  • Relevant career or life experiences and accomplishments
  • Evidence of advanced graduate study skills including writing, speaking, and completing research


The following application materials for the departmental review should be sent to Dr. Thalia Mulvihill, director of the doctoral program in adult, higher, and community education:

  • a brief autobiography (500–1,000 words)
  • statement of your philosophy of learning and education (500–1,000 words)
  • a three- to five-page description of the following:
    • purposes you intend to accomplish by earning a doctoral degree
    • examples of the contributions you will make to the doctoral program
    • current educational and employment vitae
    • evidence of high levels of competence in written and oral expression in English (usually the essays written in completion of the application materials)
When all your admission materials are received, the program’s faculty members evaluate them. As part of the evaluation, you may be invited for a departmental interview. Following the evaluation, the director of the doctoral program makes a recommendation to the chairperson of the Advanced Graduate Studies Committee in Educational Studies. The department chairperson then makes a recommendation to dean of the Ball State Teachers College. The dean of the Teachers College forwards the department’s and college’s recommendation to the dean of the Graduate School, who makes the final decision and will notify you. 
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