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Application to Graduate Studies 

Students seeking admission to the Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Education Program in Leadership should have earned a masterís degree from an accredited institution.  All applications for this online program are processed here.

1.      A completed formal application for admission together with a $50 (nonrefundable) application fee.
2.      An official transcript of all college work attempted, sent directly from each institution attended. Photocopies from students are not acceptable.
3.      Three recommendations by persons familiar with the studentís academic background, potential, and achievements and personal qualities are required for students seeking admission.
4.      All foreign applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the scores sent to Creighton. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) is required.
5.      Creighton University reserves the right to request GRE scores or a personal interview if necessary.

Application Materials should be sent to:

Creighton University - Online Processing Center
Online Admissions Office
1415 W 22nd Street
Suite 400
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Admission Process

All dimensions of the admission process, intellectual factors, research and writing, prior academic work, recommendations, and professional promise, are important and carefully reviewed by the Admission Committee.  We are interested in determining:

  • If there is a reasonable fit between your desires, aspirations and expectations and the mission, goals and outcomes of the studentís chosen program, and
  • Whether we believe you will be successful in completing the program.

Our philosophy is predicated on the belief that you are applying for admission into the Doctoral Program because it will assist you in meeting professional career goals. Our role is to serve as facilitators, mentors, and guides in your journey toward your goals.

Program Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School application, the Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership has additional requirements. A program admissions committee will recommend admission after weighting the application, background, interest and promise of the prospective student. Students will be notified by the Dean of the Graduate School regarding final action and disposition of the application. 

The program admission forms that a prospective student must complete are included in this set of materials. 

1.      TITLE PAGE

A title page containing your name, address, work and home telephone numbers, your employing institution name & address, your position, dates held and your fax number and your e-mail address. 


Address the letter to the Ed.D. Program in Leadership Admissions Committee.  This letter is usually no more than one page stating that you are making formal application for admission to the Inter-Disciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership, and wish to submit the enclosed material for consideration. 


This will expand upon the information asked for in the application form, and will give you an opportunity to highlight specific accomplishments and experiences.  Your vita will present the committee with an overview of your experiences and accomplishments.

 4.      ESSAY/GOAL STATEMENT (see details below) 

An essay of approximately five hundred words describing your personal goals for doctoral study, your career goals as best you know them now, why you are seeking admission, and your particular area of interest.


Two samples of academic writing and/or research. These materials will give the committee a sense of your research and academic writing skills as you begin the program. Ideal samples include papers you have done for classes in your Masters Degree program, especially a thesis or field project, or reports or documents done in conjunction with your employment, etc. It is ideal, of course, if the subject of these papers is Leadership, but that is not absolutely necessary. If your masters was in another area, it is fine to submit work dealing with that discipline. 

Only completed applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee. 

Admissions Criteria

The three general categories of factors for admission, listed from greatest to least in terms of relative weight, are as follows: 

Category I:  Intellectual Factors 

Grade point average is used as indicator of an applicantís potential to successfully complete the doctoral program. The specific factors are:  undergraduate grade point average and graduate grade point average.

Category II:  Writing and Research Factors 

The ability to conceptualize, conduct, and report research is, perhaps the most demanding feature of the doctorate, setting it above and apart from the demands of other graduate degrees. Applicants should submit ample evidence of their most scholarly work (must submit a minimum of three documents, which will be returned if so requested; some examples would be masterís thesis, research papers, journal articles or other publications, book chapters, term papers from graduate courses). Other materials submitted will also serve as evidence of ability to organize and express ideas in writing.

Category III:  Professional Promise Factors

Admission decisions are based in part on the applicantís promise to be a successful and productive professional in the field of leadership studies.  Among the factors considered are personal goals and objectives for doctoral study, ethnic diversity and cultural pluralism, professional experience in education, leadership, and a global perspective.

Suggestions for Developing your Goal Statement

To assist the Admissions Committee in their review process, and to assist a potential Academic Advisor and Doctoral Supervisory Committee in developing a Program of Studies, we encourage you to address the following topics in your goal statement. They are neither mandatory nor inclusive, but are provided as suggestions. You are at liberty to provide additional information as you deem appropriate.

Summarize your education and experience background -this can be viewed as a summary of vitae, but in a succinct narrative form, which gives some indication of a career path.

  • Provide a detailed description of current role and responsibilities-this might include broad categories of responsibilities, supervisory responsibilities, leadership roles, etc. 
  • Provide a statement of career goals. What type of position would you like to occupy in 5-10 years, and to what position do you aspire to hold as the ultimate position?
  • Describe the steps, positions or benchmarks along this career path. You might want to include a statement about your motivation for wanting this career goal and wanting to earn a Doctorate Degree.
  • A statement of expectations you have for completing the Doctoral Degree (what skills you hope to develop, what knowledge you want to acquire, what experiences you want, etc.?).
  • Describe what you perceive to be the major problems facing leaders in your field in the first decade of the 21st Century, and how you relate to those issues.
  • Describe your leadership style and philosophy. If this issue is addressed consider including commentary on how you relate to other members of a team, what strategies do you use in bringing about change in an organization.
  • Describe your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, what you believe needs to be done to improve or enhance your leadership abilities, how such learning might occur, etc.

Other Important Points

1.      Only those applicants who meet the established standards will be recommended for admission. 

2.      Although some factors are more important than others, all factors are considered; low ratings on some may be balanced by high ratings on others. 

3.      Ratings on the various factors will be based primarily on the application materials submitted; however, information from other sources may also be taken into account.