Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctor of Educational Leadership Program
Q: Can I apply before I complete my master’s degree?
A: You may apply, however, the master's degree must be "in hand" before the fall semester
Q: I already had official transcripts sent to Wilkes when applying for master’s studies.
Do I have to request them again?
Yes, this is a separate program from the Master of Science programs offered by the
Department of Graduate Education. Transcripts must be official, unopened and sent
directly from the applicant to the Wilkes Student Service Center. If you need a Wilkes
transcript, you can request transcripts free of charge because it is issued “in house."
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will order those for you. Indicate your name, WIN number, years of attendance,
and levels: undergraduate or graduate.
Q: The application packet requires a scholarly work or project. What should I submit?
A: You need to determine what to send based on the criteria for this submission: an original
scholarly or professional project, product, report or paper. Your selection should
evidence leadership and scholarship in your field. It can be professional or academic
work. Your abstract must clearly explain, in two to three paragraphs, how the contents
of the submission reflects your potential for leadership in education and scholarship
at the doctoral level. The submission and abstract are important components of the
admission process. We cannot provide specific suggestions but encourage you to select
your submission and construct your abstract very carefully. We do not encourage submission
of multiple documents, portfolios or videotapes. We do not return these materials
to you, so copies are encouraged, not originals.
Q: Is there financial aid to support my doctoral studies?
Learn about Graduate Financial Aid
. In addition, there are limited openings for doctoral graduate assistants each year
to support research and scholarly efforts of faculty working in the doctoral program.
Doctoral graduate assistants will be eligible for tuition remission based on the hours
worked (up to 20 hours of work per week on site). Applicants interested should indicate
this in the appropriate area of the application for admission.
Q: Where can I obtain admission materials and how do I apply?
The application and recommendation forms are available in PDF format on the Ed.D.
. Applicants will download and provide the additional documentation required for this
program as listed in the EDD Application process link located on our website.
Q: Do I need to take time off work for my classes?
Students will attend three total residencies throughout the program. Residencies and
synchronous virtual meetings are held during times that are convenient for working
adults. Click here
to learn more.
Q: How flexible is my schedule if I am admitted to the doctoral program?
A: Students begin as a cohort but can move at their own pace after admission and beginning
coursework. Students are required to attend three residencies during the program and
synchronous, virtual class sessions.
Q: How many credits do I have to take each year?
A: Most students take 12-18 credits each academic year. Continuous enrollment is required
during fall and spring semesters. Coursework can be completed in as little as three
years by taking an average of 18 credits of coursework each academic year followed
by three credits of dissertation research each semester under the advisement of their
dissertation chair until the successful completion and defense of the dissertation.
Q: How will I know I am admitted to the program?
A: Students will receive notice as to whether or not they have been invited to an
interview, which is the second phase of admission after the review of the application.
After the interview, students will be notified in writing as to their status for conditional
admittance into the program. All accepted students are conditionally admitted until
passing the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, which is taken by application after successful
completion of the first 12 credits in the program: 9 credits in the leadership core
and the first three credits of research.
Q: How will I know all the procedures and requirements of the program if I am admitted?
A: Upon initial acceptance, students will be invited to attend an orientation session.
At the session, students meet the faculty and program personnel. The Doctoral Student
Handbook is distributed, which contains detailed information on program requirements
and procedures. At the orientation, these requirements and procedures are explained,
and the online course management system and online library resources are demonstrated.