Admission Requirements

In keeping with St. Thomas University’s mission, candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The program does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces available for new students. Special background and experience may allow for conditional admission of those not meeting stated criteria.

Admission Criteria:
Admission to the Ed. D. program is based on the following criteria:

  1. An earned master’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent and a grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work attempted. (An applicant with a second masters or other advanced credential may petition the Program Team to have up to 6 courses transferred into the program. The applicant must request the transfer of these additional courses as part of the initial interview with the Program Team.)
  2. Official results from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) or the Miller’s Analogy Test.
  3. A personal statement demonstrating your ability to communicate well in English. This statement will describe and articulate your philosophy relating to management and leadership, and how your personality, experiences and character make you a perfect fit for this program.
  4. The demonstration of appropriate work experience by submitting a professional resume outlining at least 5 years of progressive professional, technical or executive experience.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and/or professional competence.
  6. Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.



In addition to the items listed above, International Students are required to provide the following:

  • Foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy.
  • A financial declaration and supporting documentation by each international applicant. This requirement applies only to candidates who intend to apply for a Student Visa.
  • International students educated in foreign institutions where the language of instruction is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the Internet-based test or their equivalents will not be required to take any course in English as a second language. Applicants transferring from U.S. or non-U.S. institutions where the language of instruction is English, who have demonstrated proficiency in the English Language, are exempt from the TOEFL. Academically qualified applicants unable to take the TOEFL or who have a score below 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the Internet-based test or their equivalents may be offered admission on the condition they must take the Level of English Proficiency (LOEP) pre-test to assess English skills. As a result, students may be required to pursue additional coursework in English, if their command of the English Language is judged to be insufficient for graduate study. Depending upon the level of proficiency, as determined by the TOEFL or LOEP, international students may be allowed to take limited number of courses in their degree program, while completing their English coursework. The Graduate Admissions Committee and Director of the Academic Enhancement Center will make this determination.



Admission Procedures:

In order to be fully admitted to the doctoral program, an applicant must be accepted by the Institute for Professional Studies on the recommendation of the Ed. D. Program Coordinator. The admission procedures are as follows:

  1. A completed application for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Office, St. Thomas University. (Application materials are available online or from the Admissions Office.)
  2. Official transcripts of all prior graduate and undergraduate academic work.
  3. Official copy of the results of the Graduate Record Examination (General Test). Note: St. Thomas University is a host site for the Miller’s Analogy Test. For details on registration, cost, test times, etc., please contact the Academic Enhancement Center at 305-628-6563.
  4. The Admissions Office forwards the applicant’s completed file to the Ed. D. Program Coordinator. On the basis of its review and evaluation of the applicant’s file, the Coordinator will either:
    1. Schedule an interview with the applicant;
    2. Withhold a decision and request additional information from the applicant; or
    3. Bring the applicant’s folder to the Educational Leadership Program Team.


The Leadership Management Program Team, on the basis of its evaluation of the applicant’s file, credentials, and the personal interview, recommends an applicant’s admission to the program.