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Application Process

All courses in each of the doctoral programs are taken as a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall. First review of applications starts on January 15th of each year. After this date, applications are review on a rolling basis and considered on a space available basis.

Application materials required for an admission review include:

Application for Admission

Complete and digitally sign the online Application for Admission.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A current professional résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Please include information regarding current and/or past employment history as well as professional development, internships completed, and volunteer experiences.

Personal Statement

A brief statement of interest is required with a suggested word limit of approximately 500-1000 words.  

This personal statement is a request for admission and should include:  

  • Reasons for pursuing the doctoral degree
  • Overview of professional background and goals
  • Discussion of professional philosophy. 

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendations are required. When selecting your references, choose individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program.

You will enter the names and email contacts for your two references into the online application. Your references will be contacted electronically with directions for submitting their letters of recommendation on your behalf.

EdD with Superintendent Licensure

For those applying to the EdD with Superintendent licensure,  one letter of recommendation must specifically be from an immediate supervisor and a second letter of recommendation should be from an administrator who can speak to the candidate’s potential for effective district-level leadership. 

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from everycollege or university previously attended are required. Any college credit earned must be accounted for before your application can be reviewed.  Transcripts and other supporting materials are not returned to the applicant and become the property of Drake University.

Transcripts must provide evidence of 36-graduate credit, completed master's degree from an accredited institution.  It is recommended that applicants have a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Official transcripts are prepared and sent by the institution in question and received by Drake University in a sealed envelope or a secured .pdf file.  Transcripts mailed directly to the student, must remain in the sealed envelope to be considered.  

Please have official paper transcripts mailed to the address below:

Drake University School of Education
Attn: Coordinator of Graduate Admission
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505



Testing Requirement

The testing option for this program is automatically waived if an applicant's Master's degree GPA is 3.5 or above.  If an applicant's GPA is below 3.5 then the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) must be submitted.  

For details regarding testing locations and registration, please click on the links provided.  

PhD Essay Requirement

Individuals applying to the PhD program will need to submit a 1-2 page essay explaining their research interests and reasons for pursuing a research intensive degree.  This requirement is not responsible for the EdD or EdD with Superintendent Licensure programs.  

Email the essay to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission,  



Coordinator of Graduate Admission, School of Education

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