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 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.