Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change, Admissions


To view a list of program application deadlines, click here.

Admissions Requirements

Successful applicants will have met the following criteria:

  • A completed online application
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher

Applicants are required to submit the following materials with their application:

  • One official transcript from any previous college or university.
  • International applicants also need the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your professional work and potential for advanced study
  • Personal statement of objectives
  • Current resume
  • Individual interview with EdD faculty member
  • On-site writing sample

What to Expect after Acceptance to the EdD Program:

  • Receive your admissions letter
  • Accept your offer and pay your deposit
  • Receive your Saint Mary’s account and activate it with your password
  • Begin your classes!


Benefits, Tuition, and Fees

Please refer to our section on financial aid.


In-person meetings on campus • Guaranteed availability for every course, every term • Flexible online learning that accommodates your schedule • Attentive and encouraging professors

Application fee $50 (non-refundable)
Tuition $70,760 (58 units, $1,220/unit)
Tuition deposit $250 (non-refundable)
Books $150 per course (average)