Doctor of Education Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of an approved, regionally accredited bachelor's and master’s degree in education or related field, with a GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of at least three years of relevant professional experience
  • Completed Application File (details below)
George Fox University

Important Dates and Application Deadlines

  • Fall Application Deadline: October 1, 2015*
  • Fall Interview Day: November 7, 2015
  • Spring Application Deadline: March 15, 2016*
  • Spring Interview Day: TBA 2016

* Applications may be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information.

How to Apply

To complete your application and be eligible for file review, please submit the following (All application items can be sent electronically to

  1. Online Application:
    Create a new account and complete the Educational Foundations and Leadership online application. You may also choose to download and submit a printable PDF application. A $40 non-refundable fee is required to apply.
  2. Personal Essay: Please address each of the following questions in 250-500 words.
    1. Please briefly describe your past and current experiences of educational leadership, whether in administration, teaching, coaching, or learning. How have these experiences led you to apply for the program?
    2. What professional goals and objectives do you have that you expect the EdD program at George Fox will help you accomplish?
    3. Describe three areas of personal strength you will bring to your learning community and one area of personal growth that you would like to address as part of the doctoral process.
    4. Why would you choose George Fox University’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, and why are you considering the degree program at this time in your life?
    5. Please share with us your areas of potential or known research interest, with the understanding that they may be emergent and evolving.
  3. Required Forms:
    Submit completed and signed to
  4. Résumé:
    Submit current professional résumé to
  5. Three Reference Forms:
    Three professional references comprised of BOTH a letter and the Graduate Program Reference Form. The written letter should address your fit for the program. One reference should be from your current supervisor.
  6. Official (Unopened) Transcripts:
    Submit an official transcript from every regionally accredited college or university where you completed even a single course. Transcripts should be mailed to the address below:
    Office of Admissions
    George Fox University
    12753 S.W. 68th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97223
  7. Academic Writing Sample:
    Submit evidence of academic writing. This may be a portion of a master’s thesis, graduate-level research paper, or scholarly publication (8-10 page maximum). If you did not write a thesis or research paper for your master’s program, please contact the admissions counselor for directions.

International Students: Additional requirements for International Students

Once Your Application is Complete

All application items must be submitted by the application deadline. The Doctor of Education faculty will then review all completed files and selected applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview.

Additional Information

  • If accepted, a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required. More information about the enrollment deposit is available online here.
  • Financial Aid: Many of the students in our program receive federal Stafford Loans to help finance their education. Visit Student Financial Services for information about financial aid and cost to attend.
  • Application materials become the property of George Fox University and cannot be returned to the student or transferred to another institution.
  • Meeting minimum entrance requirements of a given program does not guarantee admission.

Transfer Credit

Upon approval by the department, transfer of up to 6 credit hours beyond the Master's degree is allowed toward the EdD program from accredited graduate schools. Students choosing the P-12 Administration Concentration who have previously completed an IAL/CAL may transfer in their credits/license as completion of their concentration and elective credits (18 credit hours). Students must have earned a grade of "B" or better for a course to be considered for transfer. All transfer courses must be post-masters from a regionally accredited institution. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the faculty upon admission to the program.

Contact Us

For more information about admission to the Doctor of Education program, please contact:

Megan Janes  Megan Janes
  Graduate Admissions Counselor

  Phone: 503-554-6168
  Fax: 503-554-6111