Doctor of Education Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of an approved, regionally accredited 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
George Fox University

Start Dates and Application Deadlines

Core coursework begins once each year in July.

  • Fall Application Deadline: October 1*
  • Spring Application Deadline: March 15*

* Applications may be reviewed after the priority application date 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:
    The Educational Foundations and Leadership Application can be found online here. You may also choose to download and submit a paper application. A $40 non-refundable fee is required to apply.
  2. Personal Essay:
    Three to five pages in length. See Admissions Essay Guidelines.
  3. Required TSPC 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. GRE or MAT Test Scores:
    Submit official test scores from either the General Test of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  7. 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
  8. Academic Writing Sample:
    Submit evidence of scholarly work (a copy of a master’s thesis or academic research essay). 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


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