2025-2026 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Education - Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Education - Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

February 1, 2024

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not Required

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit the departmental application, essays, and resume. All applicants who meet minimum requirements also participate in a small group process.

To be admitted into the Ed.D. program, applicants must have at least five years of successful professional experience in education or the equivalent and demonstrated evidence of potential for professional leadership. Students are admitted by a division or by program and must formally apply for a change of division or program.

The Ed.D. degree is a professional degree designed to meet the needs of individuals preparing for careers of leadership and applied research in the schools and community educational programs. Major foci include practice, applied studies, and knowledge related to professional skills. The major foci of the Educational Leadership Program include innovation and change in schools, postsecondary education and related areas.

The Educational Leadership Program is the only program currently accepting applications for the Ed.D. degree.

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Education - Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program

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