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Admission requirements: 

  • Complete the GSU online application (     
  • A statement of interest (click for the form). (Upload in application portal)   
  • A vitae or resume. (Upload in application portal)    
  • Official transcript indicating a completed master’s degree from an accredited program. 3.0 GPA or higher is required may be sent to  
  • Three letters of reference forms (recommended: two (2) academic and one (1) professional. (Upload in application portal)    
  • 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 (Not applicable at this time.)
  • 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 (Upload in application portal) and have two years experience in an administrative position.   

Admissions process:

Admission deadline for Fall 2022 has been extended to May 10, 2022.

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 via email

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 that students admitted into the Fall cohort must attend mandatory program orientations 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. 


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