Doctor of Education (EdD) Admissions

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 1, 2018*
  • Early Application/Spring Start Interview Day: November 3, 2018
  • Spring Term Start Date:  January 14, 2019
  • Final Application/Summer Cohort Start Deadline: March 1, 2019*
  • Final Application/Summer Cohort Start Interview Day: April 6, 2019
  • Summer 2019 Cohort Start:  July 1, 2018 (Online)
  • Summer 2019 On-Campus Residency Dates: July 8-19, 2019

* 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, 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. 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.

Start Your Application
Submit Required Forms
Submit completed and signed forms to

Submit 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:

Office of Admissions
George Fox University
12753 SW 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97223
Submit Academic Writing Sample
Submit evidence of scholarly work to 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. 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 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:

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John Regier
Admissions Counselor, Doctor of Education Program
Phone:  503-554-6168