Admission Requirements for Ed.D. Program

Application Timeline

The next doctorate cohort will begin in Fall 2023.

Applicants are encouraged to have all requirements submitted to the university as part of a “complete” file by April 3, 2023, as the faculty will begin admission review and consideration. Admission decisions will be announced no later than May 15, 2023.

Application Requirements

  1. Online application form
    When prompted to indicate your program of study in the online application process, please select one of the following:
    • Educational Leadership Ed.D.
    • Educational Leadership Twin Cities Ed.D.
    • While both represent the same program (Ed.D.), the choice of titles indicates where you desire to study (Mankato or Twin Cities). This can always be updated following the admissions process.
  2. $40 application fee
  3. Immunization form
  4. Official college transcripts
  5. International student application (if applicable).

Additional Application Requirements, specific to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program:

  1. Application essay – Please upload your completed essay file within the online grad application process or email the completed file Application Essay to
  2. Curriculum vitae/resume - Please upload your CV/resume file within the online grad application process or email the file to
  3. Reference form (3 references requested) – It is preferred that applicants please follow the online grad application process for the confidential dispatching and collecting of the completed online reference form to 3 references. Applicants may also share the Recommendation form with their references directly but are responsible for collecting/emailing completed forms to

Within 48 hours of submitting your application online, you will be prompted to upload the required items and you will be able to check the status of your application which will include a dashboard that indicates which items remain to be submitted to the university. Once all of the required materials are submitted the Admissions Office will route your application to the department for faculty review.

For additional information/Q&A regarding the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, please contact:

Natalie Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Educational Leadership Coordinator of Graduate Programs

Phone: 952-818-8883