Admission Information

Application Documents

The first step in applying to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at CSUB is to fill out the Cal State Apply university application found at
In addition to the Cal State Apply application, applicants must also apply and submit materials to the program. A checklist of all requirements for admission to the program is provided for your convenience.

Admissions Requirements

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership may admit only candidates who meet the academic requirements for the Ed.D. degree program and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as educational leaders. Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis.

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership requires the following of all applicants for admission to the doctoral program:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree and master’s degree from accredited institutions of higher education with a grade point average in upper division and graduate studies of 3.0 or above;
  • Sufficient preparation and graduate training and experience pertinent to educational leadership to benefit from the Program;
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Written (see Policy on DPELFS Graduate Entrance Writing Requirement) GRE tests, taken within the last five years;
  • Demonstrated educational leadership potential and skills including successful experience in school, postsecondary, community, and/or policy leadership;
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices;
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals attesting to the leadership, ability, and scholarship of the candidate;
  • A written statement of purpose reflecting an understanding of the challenges facing the public schools or community colleges/institutions of higher education in California;
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae including demonstrated experience in a work environment where education is the primary professional emphasis 
  • Response to a writing prompt administered on campus prior to the interview; and,
  • A personal interview with the Admissions Committee.

Other university graduate admissions standards for graduate students also apply to all Ed.D. candidates.



The California State University has established the CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee for students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. The CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee rate is linked to the University of California graduate fee rate and will be subject to the same fee increases assessed by the University of California.
The CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee rate is currently $6,253.25 for the Fall 2016 term. Doctoral students will attend three semester terms per year (fall, spring, and summer). All fees subject to change. Please refer to the following website for more up to date information:

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-3055
Fax: (661) 654-2479
Office: Education 249