Application Instructions

The following items are required for all students applying for the MU Doctoral Programs in Education. All application materials should be on file in the ODPE (Office of Doctoral Programs in Education) a semester prior to the term the student desires admission to allow for time for processing and consideration by the faculty.

Suggested application submission dates for upcoming terms can be found here.

1. Application

  • Submit the Marshall Univesity Application for Graduate Admission
    • Use the appropriate major code
      • Leadership Studies (Major code GEJ0)
      • Curriculum and Instruction (Major code GEK0)

2. Transcripts

  • Send official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work to the Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office, 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303.

3. Admissions Test Score

  • Official test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must be no older than five (5) years and sent to the MU Graduate Admissions Office at the address above.

Submit the following items to Doctoral Programs in Education, Marshall Universtity, 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303:

4. Goal Statement

  • Provide a goal statement, written in essay format, (500-750 words) which addresses the following topics:
    • Professional experiences that provide a basis for your contributions to the program
    • How the Doctoral Degree in Education fits into your professional growth plan
    • Personal strengths that will aid you in the Ed.D. program
    • Other information you deem relevant to your application to the Ed.D. program

Your ability to synthesize to the level required for work in this advanced degree will be assessed as will the appropriateness of your goals as they relate to the objectives of the Ed.D. program.

5. Vita

  • Provide a current professional vita or resume which includes:
    • Current address, contact numbers and email addresses (please include your Marshall University email address if you have one)
    • Work experience
    • Education
    • Publications (if applicable)

6. Interview

  • The interview provides the faculty with the opportunity to closely examine your qualifications and goals beyond the printed materials submitted in the application.
  • Applicants who meet the aforementioned criteria and have all materials on file may be invited to interview.
  • If you are invited to interview:
    • Be prepared to discuss your qualifications and interests, and to answer questions from the faculty.
    • Doctoral program faculty will use an established rubric to evaluate the applicant.
      • This rubric score will be used along with the previous items to determine admission.

A letter will be sent after the initial admissions screening advising each applicant of the action taken. Applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria for admission will not be invited to interview. Those who wish to be reconsidered should submit a written request prior to the next application period. Records of applicants who are not admitted will be maintained on file in the ODPE for a period of one year.

Following the interview of qualified applicants and consideration of the admissions materials, program faculty will make admissions decisions. A letter will be sent after this admissions meeting advising each interviewed applicant of the action taken. Being invited to interview does not guarantee admission to the program.

While we strive to keep this website up-to-date; this information is subject to change without notice.  Please refer to the Graduate Catalog and the Doctoral Student / Faculty Handbook.