Application Timeline

The Ed.D program will enroll a cohort every other year. The upcoming cohort is scheduled to begin in the Summer 2025 term, with applications opening in September 2024. While candidates can apply for admission at any time throughout the year, submitting applications by the following priority dates will enhance the applicant’s potential for admission.

Priority Dates for Summer 2025:

  • November 1, 2024
  • February 1, 2025

After the priority deadlines, applications are accepted on a rolling basis depending on space availability.

Application Process

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs All official transcripts must be submitted to GradCAS, not PLU. If you have questions, contact the Admission Application Counselor.

  • Create your application portal account (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select and add the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership
  • Complete all required application questions.

(Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal)


  • Identify two references on your application. Academic recommendations are encouraged.
  • Your references will receive an email invitation from with instructions for completing the reference electronically.
  • If your recommenders need assistance, please visit the Letters by Liaison Help Center.

Professional Resume

Upload resume via the application portal that includes your:

  • Academic history (institutions attended, degrees earned)
  • Employment history (paid or unpaid)
  • Significant academic, professional and community achievements
  • Honors and awards

Personal Statement of Professional Goals

  • Upload your application essay via the application portal.
  • The essay should include your “why” educational leadership, your future goals, and how your leadership impacts students, the school or community (in 500 words, double spaced, 12 point font).

Supplemental Documents (only for applicants who seek for an Ed.D with superintendent certification)

Application Fee

  • Pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee.

(Note: If you need to submit additional documents after submitting the online application, you can email them to

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to GradCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates do not need to submit PLU transcripts.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • GradCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. GradCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select GradCAS.
  • Include your full GradCAS ID number when entering the GradCAS mailing address.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.
Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.

Request More Information

Speak with an Admission Counselor