Admissions & Cost


Delaware State University utilizes a national doctoral tuition rate for institutional programs. Please refer to the Graduate Tuition rates for cost of attendance information.

Admission to EdD in Educational Leadership in Higher Education

The EdD Educational Leadership in Higher Education program utilizes holistic admission to consider prospective student applications. Students are admitted to the program on a rolling basis and when admitted, may enroll in one of the sessions of the immediate semester.

For admission in EdD in Educational Leadership in Higher Education, the applicant must be working towards a career in higher education (faculty, student affairs administrator, academic advisor) or seeking to obtain additional professional advancement from adjacent career areas.

Students are admitted by program faculty and make the recommendation for acceptance into the program to the Dean, School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies who will extend an offer of admission to the applicant.

Admission Requirements

  • Requirements for Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are currently suspended. If submitted, testing must be within 5 years of the application.
  • An earned master’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • An on-line application for admission.
  • Application fee of $50.00 made payable to Delaware State University.
  • Official transcript(s) of all academic work completed (undergraduate and graduate).
  • A “Personal Statement”. The candidate must specifically explain why he or she wants to be admitted to the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education program. This statement needs to be focused on concentration specific to higher education (postsecondary). Specifications: 2-5 pages, APA style, grammatical error free.
  • Optional sample of scholarly work (e.g., thesis, portfolio, project report, published research work, creative writings, etc.
  • A current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (two academic/professional recommendations and one (1) character recommendation) - via the online application process.
  • Copies of earned teaching and/or administrative certificates (optional).

Prospective students should reference the DSU Graduate Admissions application process, instructions, and priority deadlines.

Transfer of Credits (25 Credit Maximum)

The applicants who have earned a grade of “B” or higher in doctoral level courses taken at an accredited institution that are relatable to the program of study at DSU can request for the transfer of credits. These courses will be evaluated by the Director, Education Graduate Programs on an individual basis. No student will be allowed to transfer more than 25 credit hours, provided these credits have not been used to meet the requirements of a degree, diploma or certificate previously earned.

The applicants admitted to doctoral program must provide supporting documentation, as may be required by the university no later than the first semester of study. Program faculty will

recommend the allowable course waivers in the program’s recommendation to the Dean, School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies, who will approve the credit hours allowed to be transferred.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants & Prospective Students:

Please review application procedures for international students. In addition to the requirements noted above, if the earned baccalaureate degree is from a non-English speaking country, the international applicants must submit WES or ECE evaluation of all academic work completed as well as the results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination. All international students must also meet the visa requirements of the Office of International Student Services (OISS) before a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Visa (I-20 A-B form) can be issued.

International Admission Deadlines are Fall enrollment: May 1 or Spring enrollment: October 1