Admission Requirements

In making our admission decision, we consider the applicant's leadership qualities, character, motivation, commitment to social justice through pre-K-12 education, ability to work independently and in teams, academic ability, and writing ability. We gather this information through the following required application materials:

  1.  Evidence of a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in the pre-K-12 environment or other relevant educational experience.

  2. Application form (

  3. A $50 non-refundable application fee.

  4. Two official transcripts from the university at which highest degree was earned.

  5. Evidence of an earned master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  6. Three letters of recommendation -- two from current or recent supervisors, one from another stakeholder such as board member, university instructor, or community member, but NOT to include faculty who will teach in the Gonzaga's EdD program.

  7. A current CV or resume that adheres to Department guidelines.

  8. A personal written statement of no more than 500 words. In this statement, do these four things:

    1. Articulate your professional mission and purpose.
    2. Articulate what you expect to learn that will support you in your mission and purpose.
    3. Identify a problem of professional practice that ou would like to solve.
    4. Tell how addressing that problem will help you realize your mission and purpose.
  9. An interview, via telephone, skype, or in-person, with two or more EdD faculty. This will be arranged by the department after submission of your application materials

Gonzaga welcomes applications from international students. Additional application requirements are found below:

  1. A copy of your passport picture page.

  2. Competed financial declaration form and documentation.

  3. Evidence of English-language proficiency (if non-native speaker). Gonzaga University requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and that the official scores be sent from ETS. In lieu of the TOEFL*, Gonzaga will accept satisfactory completion of Level 108 of the University’s English as a Second Language program with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and the recommendation of the ESL faculty. Applicants should submit transcripts in both their native language and a professional, certified English translation. Photocopies are not accepted as official documents and may not be used for evaluation purposes.