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Educational Leadership: Concentration in Community College/ Postsecondary Education Leadership (Ed.D.) Application Process

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE)

The SDSU Educational Leadership program is designed to admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for rigorous doctoral study and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success both as doctoral students and as educational leaders. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis.

Admissions cycles

Application review occurs in two cycles: December 15th – Priority Review and March 1st – Normal review. Application materials are due at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Applications are reviewed after the December deadline and on a rolling basis thereafter until the March 1st deadline has passed.

Select candidates (particularly those with extensive community college experience) are advanced to the interviews with program faculty.

Applicants must possess:

  • An earned baccalaureate and master's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above.
  • Demonstrated community college leadership experience. Please note that very few applicants from four-year institutions are accepted into the program.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices .

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Applications take place in 2 cycles: Priority Review and Normal Review

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
  • December 15, 2021 (priority)
  • March 1, 2022 (normal)
2. Official Transcripts due
  • December 15, 2021 (priority)
  • March 1, 2022 (normal)

Steps to Apply

1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Opens Oct 1

2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

3. Email the Program Materials

 The required documents below should be emailed directly to Sonia Salcido 

Prepare a current resumé  or curriculum vitae to your application, which will include your education and employment history as well as any academic honors, awards, scholarships, and publications.

Contact 3 individuals who you have interacted with academically and/or professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you.


Write a brief statement of purpose describing reason(s) for pursuing this degree. Include any additional information concerning your preparation that is pertinent to the objectives specified.