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 

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership requires the following of all applicants:

  • An earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    of higher education with a grade point average in upper
    division coursework of 3.0 or above;

  • An earned Master’s degree from an accredited institution of
    higher education with a grade point average of 3.0 or above;

  • Sufficient preparation and graduate training and experience
    pertinent to educational leadership to benefit from DPEL;

  • Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability,
    and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about
    improvements in current educational policies and practices; and

  • Demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills
    including successful experience in school, postsecondary,
    community, and/or policy leadership.

A candidate documents their ability to meet DPEL’s minimum admissions requirements by submitting the items listed below. Please 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

  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination* (GRE) scores
    from the Verbal, Quantitative, and Written tests, taken
    within the last five years;

  • Three sealed and signed letters of recommendation from
    professionals attesting to the leadership, ability, and
    scholarship of the candidate;

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

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae including demonstrated
    experience in a work environment where education is the
    primary professional emphasis; and
    An official transcript from each college or university


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

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Have a question? Please contact:

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