Doctoral Program
Educational Leadership Application Instructions

The Application Process

Applications are submitted to the Graduate Admissions. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Address to submit supplemental materials: Graduate Admissions
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, Maryland 20715-9465
Application Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Checks and Money Orders payable to: Bowie State University
Application Deadline:
Fall (Only) April 1st

Processing Time: Admissions decisions for the doctoral program will be made by January 12th for the Spring and June 30th for the Fall. For international students, applicants within the U.S. must apply 4 months before the application deadline. Applicants outside the U.S. must apply 10 months prior to the date of entry to allow time for the exchange of correspondence, evaluation of all necessary documents, and the settling of financial, immigration and housing matters.

Admission to the Educational Leadership Program

These requirements are subject to change without notice.
Application to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership requires evidence of the following:
  • A Master's Degree in School Administration or a closely related field;
  • At least three years of recent successful administrative experience in an elementary or secondary school setting;
  • A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores must be less than five years old;
  • At least three professional letters from persons who can attest to the applicant's work experience;
  • An overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on previous graduate studies;
  • A certification in Administrator I/II
In addition, applicants must:
  • Submit a completed doctoral program application form with a non-refundable $50.00 application fee;
  • Submit one official transcript from each higher education institution attended. Only sealed and properly labelled transcripts sent directly from a college or university will be considered official;
  • Submit a letter of application addressing in detail the applicant's interest in the Ed.D. program, prior administrative experience, and aspirations as an educational administrator; and
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vita.

Degree Requirements

  • Each student pursuing the Ed.D. degree must complete a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours including course work, externship, electives, and dissertation research;
  • Each student must successfully pass a Comprehensive Examination after completing approximately 70% of the course requirements; and
  • Each student must successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

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