Admissions Requirements

Doctor of Education in Transformative Leadership

Program prerequisites

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent.
    • See International Admissions for details regarding evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency.
  • Successful completion of a graduate degree, typically defined by a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or better. However, applications are reviewed holistically as a determination of academic readiness.
  • Coursework: Prior successful completion of statistical analysis coursework preferred
  • Regular access to an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies
  • Computer with Internet connection, including the hardware and software requirements described on the Technical Requirements page. Must also possess sufficient computer skills to navigate the Internet as all classes are accessed 100% online.

Application Process

Step 1

Create an account for the Online Application Portal, start a new application and fill out all required fields.

Step 2

Upload all supporting documents:

  • Professional Resume/CV: Must be current and include current professional roles and responsibilities
  • Application Essay (maximum of 1500 words): Please describe your leadership experiences in your professional role. What challenges have you encountered and what lessons have you learned? With your experience as context, please describe why you value the study and practice of transformative leadership. Please include any academic and professional experiences that support your candidacy to pursue this unique program of study. Finally and most critically, propose your initial thoughts on a topic of research for your doctoral study and the institutional context in which you might conduct your research.

    • Your essay should follow APA format demonstrating strong academic writing including references to peer reviewed scholarly work.

Your essay will be evaluated on the following criteria:

      • Indications of leadership experience and potential
      • Desire for professional improvement and growth
      • Capacity to frame a compelling argument for study
  • Two completed Application Recommendation forms.
    *Please keep in mind that the admissions committee likes to see recommendation forms from references in a supervisory or leadership position

Step 3

Request an official transcript reflecting conferral of master’s degree.

Official transcripts must be submitted to UNE directly from the institution. Please contact your college or university as soon as possible and request that they send an official transcript via mail to the address below or by certified electronic delivery. We will notify you as soon as we receive your official transcript.

If your transcript is from an international institution, it will need to be translated and/or evaluated for U.S. grade and degree equivalency and sent to us directly from the evaluation company. Please contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.If sent electronically, request that your transcript be sent to:

If mailed, we request that your transcripts be addressed to:

University of New England
Online Worldwide Learning
Attention: Education Program
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Please Note: Additional transcripts may be required or requested. You can always submit additional transcripts if you feel they would strengthen your application.

Step 4

Pay non-refundable $40 application fee.

Our Enrollment Counselors are here to help you understand the admission requirements and to assist you throughout the entire application process. Please contact us right away at 1 (800) 994-2804 or at if you have any questions about the program or application requirements.

Application Procedures and Policies

Transfer credit

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to three, 3-credit courses (maximum of nine credits) into the EdD program.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies based on specific program details listed below. Requests for approval of transfer credit should be submitted to, and will be granted at the discretion of, the Program Manager.

Transfer courses must:

  • Be classified as post-masters level.
  • Be worth 3 credits.
  • Have been taken within five years of application.
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education.
International Admissions

International Students

More information explaining the admissions requirements for international students or applicants with international degrees can be found here on the International Admissions web page. If you have specific questions please contact an Enrollment Counselor for personal guidance through the application process.

Expiration of Ed.D. application materials

All application materials to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.