Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

To qualify for admission, all application documents must be received in the DBU Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Office by June 1.

Official Transcripts

The applicant must hold earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees from an accredited college, university, or seminary, and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in master’s coursework. Official transcripts of all earned credit leading toward both degrees must accompany the application.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 must be included with the application.

Admissions Assessment Instrument

The applicant must complete and submit the written Admissions Assessment Instrument, which will evaluate the applicant’s long-range professional and scholarly interests and goals and potential for doctoral-level critical thinking and research.

Professional Experience

The applicant must submit, if applicable, a resume that details the applicant’s employment history. Completion of one or more years of full-time employment by the applicant is preferred. Individuals without prior work experience must complete six (6) total semester hours of an internship.

Church Membership Requirement

Admission to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership requires a recommendation from a staff member or church official of which the applicant is currently a member, or faithfully attends. The church must hold Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior and hold solely the Old Testament and New Testament as sacred Scripture.


The applicant must include the designated recommendation forms (not a letter of recommendation) from each of the following three sources: (a) character or personal recommendation from the applicant’s church minister, (b) an academic recommendation from a professor with whom the applicant studied at the master’s level, and (c) a professional reference from a supervisor under whose oversight the applicant worked.

English Language Requirements

All non-USA citizens except those who received an accredited baccalaureate and/or master's degree from the United States, must take the computer form of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of Written English (TWE), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The required scores are as follows: TOEFL—235-249 is the range for conditional admittance to the program, while those who score 250 or above may be admitted unconditionally; TWE—5; and TSE—50. These examinations should be taken no later than three months preceding the deadline for admission. Official copies from the national testing centers should be sent directly to DBU's Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program office.

Admissions Interview

The invited applicant must be present for a personal interview during a one-day Admissions Interview Event at DBU. The applicant will meet with department and Ed.D. program faculty to provide all parties with opportunities to assess the reciprocal compatibility of the program and applicant.


Prior to enrolling in the quantitative methods course, students must have completed a graduate-level statistics course, with a grade of B or higher. The DBU equivalent course is MANA 6303, Research and Statistics.

The GRE is being waived at this time and is not required for admission.

Acceptance is contingent upon meeting admission requirements.