Department of Educational Studies & Leadership

Doctoral Program Admission

The Educational Leadership Program serves educators who will become change agents in the cultural, economic, social and educational development of the teaching-learning enterprise. 

The doctorate is the ultimate academic degree that a university can award.  It is an institution’s endorsement of the professional capacity of an individual.  The terminal degree signifies that the individual has submitted his or her academic work to serious scholastic scrutiny and that the individual is able to pursue independent activity in the public arena.  Also, the University in conferring the degree, acknowledges that the student has become an authority in the topic of the dissertation and that he or she is master of the data under study.

The pursuit of the doctorate requires an immense personal sacrifice on the part of the aspirant as well as on the part of the academic advisor who undertakes the training of the advisee.  Entry into the course of study leading to this highest academic degree is not an action to be taken lightly.Specifically, the Doctor of Education is designed for those who anticipate significant leadership careers in public education serving an urban/suburban educational clientele.

How to Apply
Students should obtain an application from the Office of Admissions or apply online After completing the downloaded application, students should return it to the Office of Admissions with the required nonrefundable application fee. The fee is $50 for doctoral programs. Checks should be payable to Bowie State University.

To be admitted to the doctoral program, evidence of the following must be provided:

  • A master’s degree, from an accredited institution, in school administration or a closely related field
  • At least three years of recent successful administrative experience in pre-collegiate school settings
  • A satisfactory score on the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that is no more than five years oldAt least three professional references from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic and work experience
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all previous graduate studies
  • Applicant must hold the Administrative I/II Certification

Applicants must also submit the following:

  • A written application accompanied by a $50.00 application fee, which is neither deductible nor refundable
  • One (1) copy of official transcripts of all post – secondary academic studies
  • An essay addressing in detail the applicant’s interest in the doctoral program, prior administrative experiences, aspirations as an educational administrator
  • A current vita

Application Deadline

Students planning to enter in the Fall semester should submit their application materials by April 1. International students should submit their materials by Jan. 1.

Office of Graduate Admissions
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd.
Bowie, MD 20715-9465
Phone 301-860-3415 or 1-877-77-BOWIE
Fax 301-860-3518
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