Community College/ Postsecondary Education Leadership (Ed.D.)

How to Apply

The GRE is no longer required to apply to this program.

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.

Important Dates for Fall 2024

Item Due Date (Priority) Due Date (Deadline)
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)

February 2, 2024

April 1, 2024
2. Official transcripts due

February 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Admissions Cycles

Application review occurs in two cycles: February 2nd – Priority Review and April 1st – Normal review. Application materials are due at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Applications are reviewed after the February deadline and on a rolling basis thereafter until the April 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.

Steps 1-4: Admission to SDSU

Steps 1-4 must be completed through the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office.

SDSU Graduate Admissions: Steps to Apply

For this program, you are NOT required to complete the additional Interfolio program application.



Please gather the required program-specific documents below and have them ready to be emailed directly to the graduate advisor ([email protected]).


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

Letters of Recommendation

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

Statement of Purpose

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.

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Application Process Questions

Program Questions

CCLEAD Application and Program FAQ

The current tuition fee schedule is available on the Student Account Services website. Please go to for more information. The total is under the column 'Ed Doctoral' in the Basic Tuition and Fees Schedule.

No. Given the cohort model of the program, part time attendance is not available.

Classes are held once a month on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday typically during the second or third week of each month. Summer semester classes are offered in a consecutive two-week session in July.

During the pandemic, the program moved temporarily online. It is expected that classes will resume in-person in the fall.

We offer applicants flexibility to decide based on what is most convenient for them. The letters can be emailed directly by the recommender or the applicant can submit them with other application items by the set deadline.  

The statement of purpose can be anywhere from one page to three pages. 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. 

No. Your statement of purpose is not required with your Cal Apply application. We ask that all supplemental applications items be emailed. 

Applicants are required to submit transcripts for all the institutions attended (community college, undergraduate studies, master’s, etc). Per the instructions, official transcripts can be mailed or emailed (from the institution) to Graduate Admissions. For more information go to:

No. SDSU graduates do not have to request transcripts from the university.

No. The GRE is no longer required to apply to this program.

12-15 people are typically admitted.

The program is focused on developing community college leaders and is designed for those who are already employed within a postsecondary institution. With this focus on the community college, the majority of those admitted work within a community college setting. University employees who work with community college students in some capacity (e.g., transfer students, summer bridge programs) are also admitted into the program. Regardless of institution type, those admitted usually have approximately 5 or more years of work experience within a postsecondary institution.

Students are only admitted for a Fall start. Students cannot enter the program in the spring semester.

The best time to apply is prior to the February 2nd priority review cycle deadline. The majority of admitted students are selected from this early submission period. However, applicants are still selected for admission from applications submitted after the priority review deadline (as long as all application materials have been received by the final review cycle deadline).

Yes. Applicants who are expecting to receive their master’s degree during the application submission window should not apply since final transcripts must be submitted with the application materials.

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to apply again. The admissions committee is glad to provide feedback to applicants who have been denied admission on how to improve their application and gain vital experience in the community college prior to reapplying.

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