Here, you empower others through strong leadership.

Admission requirements: 

  • Complete the GSU online application (    
  • A statement of interest (click for the form).   
  • A vitae or resume.    
  • Official transcript indicating a completed master’s degree from an accredited program. 3.0 GPA or higher is required.   
  • Three letters of reference forms (recommended: two (2) academic and one (1) professional.     
  • GRE or MAT scores. GRE scores consist of a combined score of 300 or its equivalent, plus a score of 4.0 or better on the Analytical Writing section; to register, go to Only GRE scores from the past five (5) years will be accepted. GRE prep materials can be found online at:  MAT information can be found at   
  • Interview with the admissions committee (not all applicants will be interviewed).     
  • For the Superintendent strand you must hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License with a General Administrative/Principal endorsement and have two years experience in an administrative position.   

Admissions process:

Admission deadline for Fall 2020 is April 15, 2020.

Ms. Carla Johnson is the Academic Advisor in the College of Education. She can assist you with the application process and answer your questions about the admission process. Contact her at 708.235.3989, or via email

Please mail ALL application materials to:

Governors State University 
College of Education - Room G378 
1 University Parkway   
University Park, IL 60484-0975   
Attn: Carla Johnson 

Additional Information:

  • The Ed.D. Interdisciplinary Leadership Admissions Committee will review all completed applications. Based on this review, some applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview with the Admissions Committee (note: the Admissions Committee will not interview all applicants).    
  • Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's final decision by the end of August.    
  • Information sessions will be held at GSU on a weekday in the evening. Please click on the "information sessions" tab for more information. If you plan to attend one of these sessions, send your RSVP to     
  • Please note also that students admitted into the Fall cohort must attend a mandatory program orientation. They are held in January and August - dates TBD.    
  • Appeals concerning admission decisions may be made only if it is contended that there has been a material procedural error in the Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctorate Program admission process. Appeals must be made by the applicant in writing to the College of Education, Division Chairperson, within 15 days after the date on the decision letter. 


  • Larson-J

    Jeremy Larson, INLD doctoral student

    The GSU doctoral interdisciplinary program has equipped me to work with organizations and stakeholders throughout my community and region. When I began the program, I was under the strong assumption that K12 education administration should be a stand-alone program. As I am coming to an end on my program, I realize the impact working through an interdisciplinary approach has had on my communication and strategic planning. I value my experiences through this program because they strongly challenged my views on education. School leaders cannot work alone. We must work as community leaders.

  • Matthew-Cooney

    Dr. Matt Cooney, Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration

    As a faculty member in the INLD Program, I work with students to co-create learning experiences that enhance their professional practice of leadership while simultaneously examining how their individual, group, and societal values impact how leadership manifests within various organizational contexts.

Want more info?

* Name:


Phone #: