Applying to DPEL is a two-step process:

  •  First, you must submit an application through Cal State Apply

  •  Second, all DPEL applicants must submit a program application, including supporting documents such as letters of recommendation, directly to DPEL's Admissions and Support Coordinator.  

1. Cal State Apply

Complete Cal State Apply Graduate/Post-baccalaureate Application for Admission at:

Please use the major/program objective:

  • Educational Leadership Pre-K-12 (Ed.D.)
  • Educational Leadership Post Secondary (Ed.D)

Official transcripts are required. One official transcript copy from each college or university attended should be sent to:

California State University, Bakersfield 
Admissions and Records 
9001 Stockdale Hwy. 
Bakersfield, CA 93309


2. Application for Program Admission Form 

Include the following documents in the program application:

  1. A résumé or curriculum vitae including demonstrated experience in a work environment where education is the primary professional emphasis

  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals, delivered in sealed and signed envelopes

  3. A statement of purpose (no more than five pages) outlining:

    • Your reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree

    • A biographical sketch of your experiences in the field of education

    • Your career plans

    • Your scholarly interests

    • Your views on current and future educational reform efforts, along with your role(s) in these efforts

Send the DPEL Application, including all supporting documents to: 

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy. - 22 EDUC
Bakersfield, CA 93311


Your Official GRE scores must be sent to CSU Bakersfield electronically.

A list of test dates and times available in Bakersfield for Summer 2018 can be found at Bakersfield GRE Test Dates 2018

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Transfer Credits

Graduate credit from another accredited college or university may be applied toward the fulfillment of requirements in the student’s graduate program at CSUB if accepted by the faculty of the DPEL Graduate Group. In addition, graduate-level work taken through Extended University may be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements or specific degree requirements when such work is approved in advance by the Director of the DPEL.

No more than nine (9) units of transfer and/or California State University, Bakersfield semester credits may be transferred into the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Bakersfield pending review by the director. Any units accepted by the program director may be counted toward the specialization courses and may not be counted towards completion of the core courses. Courses must be graduate‐level courses with a grade of B or better. Course syllabi, catalog descriptions of the courses, and a copy of the transcript showing the posted grades for the courses must be submitted to the program director along with the request to accept the transfer credits.

DPEL Interim Director

Dr. John B Stark
Phone: (661) 654.3140
Office: Education 249

DPEL Admissions and Support Coordinator

Timothy Lafond
Phone: (661) 654.3140
Office: Education 214

Information Session Dates

DPEL Factsheet

Main Campus

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm

EDUC 123

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm

EDUC 123

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm

EDUC 123

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm

EDUC 123

Antelope Valley Campus

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Room 120