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When you submit your application, it is reviewed first by the Office of Admissions to ensure that you have met all the requirements for application (fully completed application form, official GRE score, official transcripts, and payment of processing fee). The Admissions office fills out a Graduate Data Sheet and sends it along with your application, GRE scores, and transcripts to the College of Professional Studies.
The College forwards your application materials to the coordinator of the specialization you elected on your Ed.D. Specialization Declaration (listed in the previous section as part of the College's Ed.D. admission packet). The coordinator reviews your application, taking into consideration your GRE (a score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions is considered a minimum qualification); your transcripts, which should document your having earned a master's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA; your letters of recommendation; and your goal statement. The coordinator then recommends acceptance or denial on the Graduate Data Sheet and forwards the complete application packet to the Ed.D. Program Committee.
The Ed.D. Program Committee reviews your application, indicates their recommendation on the Graduate Data Sheet, and forwards the application packet to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies. The Dean reviews the application, taking into consideration the recommendations of the coordinator of the specialization and the Ed.D. Program Committee, and makes the final decision regarding acceptance or denial. The signed Graduate Data Sheet is returned with the application packet to the Office of Admissions.
When the Office of Admissions receives the packet back from the Dean, they mark your application "Cleared" or "Denied" and send you a letter to inform you of the University's decision. If you are accepted, you will also receive a letter from the College stating that you have been accepted and providing contact information for your temporary advisor.
The application and acceptance process can take from three to six weeks or more, depending on several factors. You can speed the process by ensuring that your application packets to the University and to the College of Professional Studies are complete and correct.