Admissions Requirements

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Program prerequisites

  • Master’s Degree from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed U.S. col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty, or its equiv­a­lent.
  • 3.0 cumu­la­tive grad­u­ate GPA, or bet­ter
  • 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. Your essay should demon­strate your aca­d­e­m­ic writ­ing skills and fol­low APA for­mat, includ­ing ref­er­ences to cur­rent schol­ar­ly work when appro­pri­ate. Your essay should address the fol­low­ing points:
      • Describe why you val­ue the study and prac­tice of trans­for­ma­tive lead­er­ship. Ref­er­ence your lead­er­ship expe­ri­ences and describe lessons learned from your lead­er­ship roles.
      • Describe your ini­tial thoughts on the line of research and insti­tu­tion­al con­text in which you wish to pur­sue or apply aca­d­e­m­ic prin­ci­ples and con­cepts. Stu­dents in the pro­gram focus their research on a change they would like to imple­ment with­in their role as a leader in their work­place or indus­try. Include how your aca­d­e­m­ic and pro­fes­sion­al back­ground sup­ports your can­di­da­cy to pur­sue this unique pro­gram of study.

    Your essay will be eval­u­at­ed on the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

      • Indi­ca­tions of lead­er­ship poten­tial;
      • Desire for pro­fes­sion­al improve­ment and growth;
      • Writ­ing con­veys excite­ment for learn­ing and lead­ing;
      • Excel­lent com­mand of the Eng­lish lan­guage: writ­ing is orga­nized, cohe­sive, cogent, with cor­rect gram­mar and syn­tax;
      • Evi­dence of reflec­tion, cre­ativ­i­ty, and inno­va­tion;
      • Evi­dence that the appli­cant is will­ing to apply new ideas and tech­niques.
  • 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 two, 3-cred­it cours­es (max­i­mum of six 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.
  • Not have been applied toward any oth­er degree.

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.

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