Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.