The EdD Program's admission cycle is now closed. Online applications for our Summer 2026 admission cycle open in April 2025.
Hold a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
The prospective student must have at least a 3.0 grade-point-average on a 4 point scale (or equivalent measures of performance if a graduate of an institution with no grading system) OR at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
Note: Students may have earned credits used towards a bachelor’s degree from multiple institutions. The 3.0 GPA requirement only requires that the cumulative GPA be reviewed from the degree granting institution. If a student’s cumulative GPA from the degree granting institution is lower than a 3.0 and the student has credits earned from multiple institutions, with a focus on graduate-level studies, the student’s GPA may automatically be recalculated to include additional transcripts. If this recalculation results in a 3.0, the student has met the minimum GPA requirement. If this recalculation does not result in a 3.0, programs can petition the Graduate School for the student to be admitted using Alternate Standards.
Have significant professional experience in a relevant field.
Superintendent/Program Administrator Certification
For admission to the superintendent or program administrator credential, candidates must possess either: (a) a principal credential, (b) a program administrator credential (for those interested in pursuing the Supt Cert), (c) ESA (Educational Staff Associate) or (d) teaching certificate.
P-12 candidates must be approved by employer for support of Community Grounded Praxis in year 2. For other candidates, potential Community Grounded Praxis setting(s) must be identified. You will be advised by faculty on site selection criteria prior to and after admission.
Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. No waivers of this English proficiency requirement may be given. Understanding the Application Process provides information for English language proficiency.
Introduction to Graduate Research (*this is a per individual basis). Basic statistics and graduate research knowledge will be assumed by the program and faculty.
Review the 'How to Apply' section to learn about specific admission steps and requirements.
Transfer & Substitution Credits:
- Transfer credits: A maximum of 10 quarter credits of graduate-level coursework taken at another recognized academic institution may be transferred and apply to UW practice doctorate degree requirements, when acceptable to the graduate program and the Graduate School. Transfer credit must not have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree.
- No more than 12 credits derived from any combination of GNM credits and transfer credits may be applied towards the total degree requirements.
- No more than 30 credits derived from any combination of GNM, transfer, and substituted credits may be applied towards the total degree requirements.
More information may be found in Memoranda 46 on the UW Graduate School website. Contact Ashley Walker with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.