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Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership

The Statewide Cooperative EdD Program in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 76 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program, offered in a cohort format, includes 34 hours of course work in 6 contiguous semesters, beginning in the summer and concluding in the spring semester 2 years later. In addition to course work credit, 12 credit hours of dissertation research are required.

Admission Criteria

December l of even-numbered years

  • Competitive GRE score
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

Minimum TOEFL Scores

Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
61 500

Minimum Academic IELTS Scores

OVERALL Score 5.5

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), recommendations, evidence of successful professional experiences.

Required Application Materials

To the Graduate School

  • All required Graduate School documents

To the Program

  • Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to the online application system. Applicants provide official transcripts if accepted by the academic program
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)
  • 3 departmental recommendation forms, two of which are from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant.
  • Departmental application
  • Current resume

Admission Contact Information

College of Education
202 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211 
573-884-5714 (fax)
ELPA website