Aurora University

Admission requirements

The EdD faculty will assess your admission portfolio for the following: leadership ability, communication ability and scholarship. Candidates may be admitted to the Doctor of Education program each fall, spring, and summer.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • If you wish to pursue the educational administration strand, you must hold a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) and Type 75, or equivalent

Admission Portfolio

The required content for the admission portfolio includes:

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) showing completion of an appropriate master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at
  • The names and addresses of at least two references. Possible references to consider include:
    • A person familiar with your academic work/previous master's program professor
    • A person familiar with your professional work, such as a principal, department chair, etc. (not the same person as below)
    • A person representing your school district or employer who can assess your leadership potential
  • A signed Superintendent Signature Form from your current school district of employment. If you are currently employed in higher education, the form must be signed by your academic dean or immediate supervisor.
  • A curriculum vitae or detailed resume that includes your work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors, professional publications and/or presentations and other relevant information relating to the your leadership background.
  • A personal statement, approximately 1,000 to 2,000 words in length, describing your present goals and interests and showing their connection to prior experiences and to the EdD program.