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Admission to Doctoral Program at KU

The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree, since graduate education is central to KU’s mission of learning, scholarship and creative activity.  We invite you to explore our graduate degree information, review our student resources, and learn more on our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas. 

Once you’ve decided to apply, use the Apply Now button on this page to get started! Please note that KU does not accept paper applications for admission.  The online application is designed to give you the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form. 

Students may start the superintendent preparation program at the Lawrence Campus in even numbered years (e.g. 2020, 2022) or at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park in odd numbered years (e.g. 2019, 2021) and will complete all core coursework at the same campus.

Not sure of how to proceed? We’ve created a Graduate Application Checklist (pdf), just for you!

Application Deadline for Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Administration

Apply before April 1 to begin in the Summer Semester

*Fall admission is available with approval from program coordinator. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received beginning April 1 but will be considered after that date if space permits

The KU degrees in educational leadership are designed for individuals with well-developed academic skills and a strong potential for future leadership. Most students in the doctoral program are principals or central office personnel. Indications of high promise from all of the two following categories are considered:

  • Previous Education: A candidate's overall academic record.
  • Professional Experience: A candidate's administrative record and potential for additional leadership responsibilities.

Regular admission requires a bachelor’s and a master’s degree with a grade-point average (GPA) of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited institution, like KU, or a foreign university with substantially equivalent degree requirements. 

Most students enter the Ed.D. program with a Master’s degree in administration, though many also enter with a Master’s in an education-related field. In most states, building-level licensure is directly linked to completion of an approved administration Master’s program (or another program certified by the state department of education).  

At KU, licensure at the building level in Kansas can be earned through the Master’s in Educational Administration.  Since Ed.D. students take the advanced level of many of the Master's courses, credit is given for completion of the Master’s level courses, in addition to the regular courses in the Ed.D. program.

If you are an international applicant, we strongly encourage you to complete the application process well in advance of these deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related paperwork. The graduate admissions committee will make selections when all support documents have been received.

Download the Graduate Application Checklist to get started.

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