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Admission Requirements and How to Apply

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Administration and Supervision

Admission requirements
Our program is open to students who have first earned a master's degree. To be admitted, you must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate School and the requirements of the Department of Educational Leadership.

The Department of Educational Leadership considers the following criteria:

  • your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • your grade point average (GPA) in previously completed graduate work
  • the content of reference letters
  • compatibility of the degree program and your goals/needs
  • other evidence of advanced graduate academic skills (writing, research, etc.)
  • relevant career or life experiences/accomplishments

Application Procedures
You may apply for admission online or by mail.

You must submit the following to the Graduate School:

Submit a professional portfolio to the Department of Educational Leadership with the following items:

  • A platform statement of educational philosophy and beliefs about leadership (no more than 600 words). You are encouraged to tweak such a document from your coursework, if appropriate (such as assigned in EDAD 600 Introduction to Leadership course at Ball State)
  • Writing sample from a graduate course, which reflects your best research writing (with citations and APA 6th-edition formatting)  
  • A current vitae, which highlights leadership and community involvement
  • Names and e-mail addresses of five references who have knowledge of your leadership abilities

When admission materials have been received, the Department of Educational Leadership reviews and evaluates all application materials. As part of the evaluation, you may be invited to campus for a personal interview. Following the evaluation, the committee makes a recommendation to the dean of Teachers College and the dean of the Graduate School, who makes the final decision and will notify you.

After admission, you must begin course work within two years, and all requirements for the degree must be met within seven years.

Minimum Credit at Ball State
If you're transferring credit for this degree, you must meet Ball State's residence requirement. It will be completed when you take two consecutive semesters of graduate work which total 15 or more credit hours. Summer may be used as one of the semesters for residency purposes.

Next Steps

Students from Other States
If you live in a state other than Indiana, this information regarding state regulatory authorizations for distance programs might impact whether you can take courses from Ball State.

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