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, 2016*
  • Fall Interview Date: TBA
  • Spring 2017 Start Date: January 9, 2017
  • Spring Application Deadline: March 15, 2017*
  • Summer 2017 Cohort Start: June 2017
  • Summer 2017 Residency Dates: July 2017 

* 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:
    Complete the EdD online application. A $40 non-refundable fee is required to apply. The online application includes the following:
    • General Contact and Demographic Information
    • Academic and Professional Background Information
    • Resume
    • 3 Reference Form Requests
    • 5 Short Answer Essay Questions
    Note: Applications can be saved to be completed at a later time. Login early to send reference forms and view the essay prompts.
  2. Required Forms:
    Submit completed and signed forms to
  3. 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
  4. Academic Writing Sample:

    Submit evidence of scholarly work. This may be a portion of a master’s thesis, graduate-level research paper, or scholarly publication (8-10 page maximum).

    In place of previous academic writing or a Master's Thesis, you may choose to write a 5-page research paper on a topic related to your current/future work. Essays should draw from your own experiences and use a minimum of 3 outside resources. Papers should follow APA formatting and include in-text citations.

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 administrative licensing program (Tier I/PreAL or Tier II/ProAL) 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. If students earned their administrative licensing credential at a state or licensing agency in place of an accredited university, transfer credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis and will need additional approval. 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