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Apply to the EdD Program 

The SDSU Educational Leadership program is designed to admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for rigorous doctoral study and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success both as doctoral students and as educational leaders.  

Applicants must possess:

  • An earned baccalaureate and master's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no older than five years
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in Community Colleges or a related setting
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices 

Applications take place in two cycles:

Cycle 1 - Priority Review - Due by December 15  

Cycle 2 - Normal Review - Due by March 1

Applicants for cycle 1 are considered first, applications for cycle 2 are considered based on remaining space. Additional information may be requested from applicants based on the discretion of the selection committee. 

To apply:  Applications must be submitted via the online University application system at

Are you having trouble with Cal State Apply application? If so, email right away for assistance.

In addition, transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation and a current CV should be submitted with your application.  Letters of recommendation and CVs should be sent directly to Dr. Wendy Bracken at   

Information on submitting transcripts and GRE scores can be found at:

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Wendy Bracken, EdD
Program Faculty Director
EdD in Community College Leadership

Sonia Salcido
Administrative Support Coordinator

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE/Interwork Institute)
San Diego State University
Education & Business Administration 246
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Office Hours

Monday –  Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.