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Potential students for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership are professionals with masters degrees who are employed or seek employment in community colleges, four year institutions, graduate institutions, professional schools, and not-for-profit / professional organizations. They are full and part time higher education faculty, administrators, and student development specialists preferably with work experience, who share a core dedication to social justice activism.

  1. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Graduate transcripts must document completion of a Master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.5. 
  2. If applicable, evidence of English Language proficiency as documented by official test scores on the TOEFL. 
  3. GRE Scores at or above V150 Q150 (scores for test taken prior to 2011 V500 Q500)
  4. A resume explicating educational background, professional experiences, community service or engagement, scholarly activities, and other activities supportive of this application. 
  5. A statement of interest (up to 350 words) explaining why this RU doctoral program with its foundation in social justice pedagogy supports the applicant's educational objectives, desires for professional development, and career goals. 
  6. Three professional references. Each reference must include both a letter and an RU reference form. 
  7. Interviews: Based on the completion of the above application materials, select finalists for the program will have an interview with faculty from the program area (on-campus or via telephone). Applicants will also complete a writing sample as part of the interview process.

Applicants may petition for exceptions to criteria 1, 2, or 3. The faculty on a case-by-case basis will review petitions. The decision of the faculty is final and not reviewable

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