Admission Requirements

Educational Leadership 

Application Deadline

Application Submission Date Application Review Period

Interview Date
for Invited Applicants

$500 Tuition 
Deposit Due

By December 1 December 2 - January 23

January 24

Upon Acceptance
December 2 - January 18 January 21 - February 6

February 7

Upon Acceptance
January 19 - February 15 February 18 -27

February 28

Upon Acceptance
February 16 - March 1 March 4 - 13

March 14

Upon Acceptance


Online Application 

Complete Seattle University’s Online Application, which includes the following elements:

  • $55 Application Fee*     
  • Personal Statement must describe how your prior experience relates to the requirements of the doctoral program, and include: 
    • Your ability to effectively engage in doctoral-level studies and research;  
    • Experience with social justice advocacy and organizational and social change; and 
    • How your experience fits within the mission of the doctoral program and that of Seattle University. 
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of two) 
    • Online letters of recommendation must address the applicant's academic and professional competence as well as scholarship potential (available in the online application).  
    • At least one online recommendation must be from your most recent supervisor who will support the applicant during enrollment in the program (available in the online application. 
  • College of Education Self-Evaluation Form
  • Resume         
    • Must reflect a minimum of three years of mid- or upper-level leadership experience, to include supervision and team participation   

*Waived for SU alumni  

Admission Requirements 

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended 
  • An earned master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university  
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 
    • Calculated on all graduate-level course work from submitted transcripts;  
    • A minimum combined score of 293 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) or a 400 on the Miller's Analogy Test (must be taken with the previous 5 years) may substitute for the 3.25 GPA 
  • Writing Sample Product
    • Must demonstrate satisfactory preparation for scholarly research and publication
    • May be a report, assignment, or other product that shows writing competency.

Review and Interview Process 

Representatives of the Educational Leadership department review core written material and transcripts, interview applicants and create a priority list for admission.

All material submitted becomes the property of Seattle University and will be maintained according to institutional records management practices.

In addition to the above detailed criteria, applicants must be able to link their research interests to the program's identified concentrations.

International Students

International students are invited to visit our admissions page for a list of requirements.

Tuition Remission for SU Employees

Contact the program office at prior to December 1 for the following academic year.