EdD Admissions Requirements

The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission consideration to the EdD program has passed (Jan. 23, 2019). This program is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 cohort. The EdD program application for Fall 2020 admission will open in early September 2019. If you are interested in receiving a notification when the Fall 2020 application opens, please complete our Request Information Form.

Applicants to the Ed.D. program will need the following:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate program(s).
  • A master’s degree consisting of a minimum of 36 credits with at least a 3.0 GPA from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Students who do not have the required 36 master’s credits may be admitted and must complete the additional graduate-level credits at an accredited college or university either prior to beginning the program or during the program.
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. To be deemed official, transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions in the institution’s sealed envelope. If you earned degrees or credit from educational institutions abroad, your academic records must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency before you can be considered for admission.
  • A completed application form.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae, which may be uploaded electronically via SIS Self-Service website, after your application has been received.
  • Three letters of recommendations signed by the sponsor. These letters should include at least the following:
    • (a) A professor with whom the applicant worked in his or her master’s program who can speak to the applicant’s competency to conduct rigorous scholarly work; and
    • (b) a school/organization official who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications to pursue a doctorate, impact on his or her professional practice and knowledge of and support for the applicant’s area of research/Problem of Practice. This letter should indicate the school/organization official’s understanding that the student will do research within his/her professional context. District support for the applicant’s research within his or her context of professional practice is an important component of the admission process.
  • Applicants to the Doctor of Education EdD (Online) program are strongly encouraged to submit GRE examination scores for the General Test as part of the admission application. While the GRE examination is not a requirement for admission consideration to the program, submitting a GRE test score is an opportunity for applicants to present additional evidence of the quantitative and verbal skills required for the doctoral-level study.The Admissions Review Committee is committed to the practice of conducting holistic evaluations of all admission materials submitted as part of an applicant’s file. The Committee does not use cut off scores or minimum suggested averages for GRE in the evaluation process, or to determine admission consideration.Test Information and Ordering Instructions:
    The Educational Testing Service (ETS), the testing provider for GRE, generates computer-based score reports that are sent to Johns Hopkins School of Education electronically approximately 10 to 15 days after the test date. ETS stores tests for a five-year period. ETS will not send official score reports for GRE examinations after the five-year period. Applicants with expired GRE scores interested in submitting a GRE test score would need to retake the GRE- General Test.The institutional code for Johns Hopkins School of Education is 5470. Please visit the ETS Test provider website for more information and ordering instructions. Once ETS has electronically sent your score report, and your application is submitted, receipt of your official test score will be shown as received/verified on your application.
  • An essay (not to exceed 750 words) including responses to the following:
    • Describe a significant Problem of Practice relevant to your current context of professional practice.
    • Indicate the importance of this problem within the educational landscape, as well as the context of your professional practice.
    • Discuss the potential underlying causes for or contributing factors related to this Problem of Practice.
    • Discuss the ways in which this problem aligns with your chosen area of specialization.
  • Online virtual interview (via Kira Talent)

International students must fulfill all the general requirements for admission and complete additional requirements, which are detailed here. Note: This program is not eligible for student visa sponsorship.

Students are required to complete online orientation modules starting in June prior to beginning the program. Students are also highly encouraged to participate in a face-to-face orientation late July and early August prior to initial matriculation in the program.

Please note: For the Doctor of Education program, an offer of admission is for the specific cohort to which an application is submitted. Students may accept or decline the admission offer. Deferring to the next cohort is not an option.

For more information on the application process, visit the SOE admissions page.

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Dr. Stephen Pape

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Cathy Cao