Doctor of Education (EdD) Admissions

COVID-19 and Admissions at George Fox

The George Fox admissions office is taking steps to protect the health of our campus community and prospective students. In accordance with the Oregon governor’s "Stay Home, Save Lives" campaign, admissions counselors are working remotely. While we cannot offer in-person visits for now, admissions counselors are still available by email, phone or video if you have any questions or need assistance.

We are still accepting applications for programs starting this summer and fall. Classes may be offered virtually until in-person classes can safely resume.

If you are applying, please send application materials by email and ask your previous school(s) to send official transcripts electronically directly to George Fox, rather than sending them by mail.

For additional information, visit the university's main COVID-19 response page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Concordia University-Portland Transfers

We will work with you to create an individual degree plan for graduation and will waive any application fees.

Fill out our transfer application to get started.

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

  • Early Application/Spring Start Deadline: October 15, 2019
  • Early Application/Spring Start Interview Day: November 2, 2019
  • Spring Term Start Date:  January 13, 2020
  • Regular Application/Summer Cohort Start Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Rolling Application for remaining cohort spots after March 1, 2020.
  • Summer 2020 Cohort Start:  July 5, 2020
  • Summer 2020 On-Campus Residency Dates: July 5-10, 2020
  • Summer term ends: August 2, 2020

Please contact your admissions counselor for more information.

How to Apply

To complete your application and be eligible for file review, complete the following steps:

Apply Online
Create an account with a username and password and complete the EdD application online. Submitting the online application will require a $40 nonrefundable application fee. In response to the financial strain the COVID-19 response has caused for many people, application fees for education programs have been waived until further notice. The online application includes the following:

  • General contact and demographic information
  • Academic and professional background information
  • Resume
  • Three reference form requests
  • Five short-answer essay questions
Note: Applications can be saved to be completed at a later time. Log in early to send reference forms and view the essay prompts.

First-Time Applicants

Create an Account

Returning Applicants

Log in
Submit Required Forms
Submit completed and signed forms to edd@georgefox.edu:

Request Official Electronic Transcripts

Request an official transcript from every regionally accredited college or university where you completed even a single course. Electronic transcripts are preferred for speed and accuracy. They must be sent directly from the institution to admissions@georgefox.edu. If an electronic option is not available, unopened official transcripts can be sent via mail to:

Office of Admissions
George Fox University
414 N Meridian Street #6089
Newberg, OR 97132

Submit Academic Writing Sample
Submit evidence of scholarly work to edd@georgefox.edu. 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 five-page research paper on a topic related to your current/future work. Essays should draw from your own experiences and use a minimum of three 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. Learn more about financial aid
  • 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 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 (12 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:

Melinda Olson

Melinda Olson

Admissions Counselor, Doctor of Education

503-554-6028

olsonm@georgefox.edu