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The application process is comprised of two major steps: 1) application to the university, and application to the doctoral program.

  • Step 1: Applicants must first apply to the university online through the CSU system application website, Cal State Apply, which includes submissions of your transcripts. This website is at https://www.calstate.edu/apply. If you do not qualify for the fee waiver, a processing fee of $55 dollars will be accrued. Upon request from the university, applicants will be prompted to submit official transcripts.

  • Step 2: The second part of the process requires that pertinent supporting documents be sent via email in PDF format to btalford@cpp.edu. This is a comprehensive process that includes 1) submission of the Graduate Record Exam score, 2) three recommendation letters on our departmental form, and 3) completion of a doctoral program application that includes a formal written statement in response to a series of questions. Further information is available in the doctoral program brochure, and the Doctoral Studies office

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To be eligible for admission into the doctoral program, you must meet both university AND doctoral program admissions requirements. Meeting university admissions requirements will only establish eligibility for consideration as an applicant, but will not guarantee your acceptance into the doctoral program. If you emerge as a finalist, based on the initial university and program screening process, you will be invited for an interview. After the interview window, the program admissions committee will convey formal admission decisions.

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  • Prior Education: You must already have earned a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in upper division (junior/senior year) and graduate study.
  • GRE:  The scores of the GRE must be within the last five years of the date you start the program, and all parts are required.  Scores cannot be older than five years from the date in which you plan to start the program.
  • Recommendation Letters:  Provide three confidential letters of recommendation on our departmental form from professionals in the field attesting to both your leadership ability and scholarship potential.  The form also includes a rating scale.
  • Ed.D. Program Application:  The Ed.D. Program application requires responses to several writing prompts as well as the submission of a current vita.   See the application for complete details of the writing prompts.

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Graduate Record Examination scores on the three sections of the General Test must have been taken within the past five years. For those who need to take the test, it is recommended that you begin this process as soon as possible. Test administration information is available at the GRE website: http://www.ets.org/gre. To have scores submitted, please note that the institution code for Cal Poly Pomona is 4082 and the department code is 3001.

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We have instituted a year round application process that includes an early admission deadline of Feb 1. Throughout the year, applications will be paper screened and selected applicants invited for an interview. Successful applicants will be offered an "Early Admissions Option" to secure a place in the program. A new cohort will begin each September.

Once the Cal State Apply application has been submitted, there will be an automated letter of acknowledgement from the university that will be sent to you electronically. Keep it for your records as it will provide you with an Application Confirmation Number should you need to refer to it while going through the university admissions process. A second letter will then follow that will include your nine-digit identification number, or Bronco ID number, which you must use in all future communications with the university. You will also receive instructions on claiming/activating your Cal Poly Pomona account or BroncoDirect. BroncoDirect is the front door that you will use to access your application status, to do list, admission status, the course catalog, and financial aid information.

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  • Candidates must meet all requirements listed on page 1.
  • Applications to the doctoral program will be reviewed and assessed by the program admissions committee.
  • Those candidates recommended by the program admissions committee will be invited for a personal interview.
  • After the interview process has been completed, candidates will be notified whether they have been admitted to the doctoral program.

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Admissions has a student-specific "to do list" that applicants can view on the web through BroncoDirect to follow their progress. You are strongly encouraged to monitor your progress in order to help facilitate completion of your file. If you encounter special difficulties, you may call the Doctoral Studies Office for assistance: (909) 869-3060. Please do not call regarding your status as an applicant, however, since you will be notified as soon as decisions are made. 

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We anticipate notifying candidates who meet both university and doctoral program eligibility requirements on an ongoing basis after successful paper screening and an interview. Following the personal interview session, candidates will be notified by email and formal letter if they have been accepted into the doctoral program.

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Although subject to change by the CSU Trustees, current program costs approximate $17,000 per year including books and local fees. Doctoral students are eligible for Stafford Loans and a host of other loan-type aid that can range up to $20,000 per year. Every student case is different. Students may begin the optional process by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The process takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The funds are awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis and the priority application timeframe is January 1 to March 2. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to receive the award notification from Financial Aid. All inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at (909) 869-3700. All students are encouraged to apply for aid that might be available.

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A new cohort of accepted candidates will start each fall. The fall quarter begins in late September. This is a rigorous, cohort-based, year-round program that is offered in a fixed sequence of courses that includes the dissertation culminating experience. The entire program, including the final dissertation, is designed for completion in three years.

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Because the program is designed for working professionals, classes will be held approximately every other weekend beginning on Friday in the late afternoon/evening and on Saturday with some classes having online components. Courses will be held on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

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In addition to the doctoral studies website and Doctoral Brochure (PDF), further information is also available from the Doctoral Studies Office at (909) 869-3060 and the program co-directors, Betty Alford and Nancy Sanders.

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