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Application Deadline

Applications for the new doctoral cohort that begins each July are reviewed as received. This degree is under revision and will accept applicants for September 2015. There will be no admissions to the Ed.D. program for 2014.

Priority Deadline: January 31
Normal Deadline: May 1

Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants

Note: Successful applicants to the Department of Higher Education normally have several years of full-time work experience in a college or university setting when applying for the Ed.D. or Ph.D. program. The theory-to-practice design of the three years of coursework assumes that students are working in a Higher Education setting throughout their doctoral studies.

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete. Each Ed.D. program application is evaluated as a whole.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements below or contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or by email.

Applicants must possess:

Applicants must submit:

All materials should be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4545


Upon invitation, doctoral applicants complete an interview with at least one member of the doctoral faculty. The purpose of the interview is to meet the candidate, discuss career goals, evaluate the compatibility of the program to the student, and ascertain, at least initially, the applicant's potential for success in the doctoral program.

Computer Requirement

Students must bring a laptop computer to campus for all coursework. The SPSS statistical software package is required of students in their research courses throughout the program. The University Bookstore makes arrangements to enable students to purchase computers and software at economical rates on convenient terms. Often, the required purchase of the laptop and software can be budgeted into student loans. For further information, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Financial Services in the Graduate and Professional Center at (626) 815-4570.

What to Expect

Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, the Graduate Admissions and department faculty review the applicant's file. The applicant is then notified of the committee's decision.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. CIS and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified by the program.

International applicants must:

International applicants must also submit:

Submit all materials to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all admission materials, a committee of department faculty review the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee's decision.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.