FAQs

  • When is the application deadline?

    January 25th.

  • Do I need to have a master's degree?

    Yes. You must hold a master's degree before classes start in the summer.

  • What is the minimum GPA required?

    A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required; a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 is required.

  • Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)?

    Yes. You should plan to take the GRE General Test prior to the application deadline and have your scores sent to LMU.

  • Do I need letters of recommendation?

    Yes. The School of Education requires 3 letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to your academic skill, professionalism, and potential to succeed in our program and as a leader in education. The recommendation procedure is handled as part of the Graduate Division's online application process. When you complete your application online, register the names and contact information of your 3 recommenders.

  • How many official transcripts do I need to include with my application packet?

    Your application packet must include 2 official transcripts (sealed originals, not copies) from every college and/or university you have attended. This includes community colleges and all undergraduate institutions. It is preferred that you have your required transcripts sent directly to you.

    Once you have compiled all required transcripts, please send them in one complete package to:

    Graduate Division
    Loyola Marymount University
    1 LMU Drive, Suite 1840
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • Do I need to write a Statement of Purpose?

    Yes. You must upload a Statement of Purpose (2 to 4 pages typed, double spaced) to your online application. Your essay should address the following:

    • Why you want to pursue the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.
    • How the Doctor of Education degree fits your career plans.
    • Why you want to study at LMU.
    • Areas or topics of research interest.
  • When are students admitted into the program?

    Admission decisions are usually made in March. Each cohort begins in Summer Session II (June/July) only.

  • If I am admitted, do you require a commitment deposit?

    Yes, after being admitted to the Ed.D. program you must submit a commitment form and $500 deposit to the Graduate Division to secure you place in the cohort. The $500 non-refundable deposit is applied to your tuition at LMU.

  • How long does it take to complete the Ed.D degree?

    The program is designed so that candidates complete all requirements, including the dissertation, in three years.

  • How many credits are required?

    The program consists of 66 units. Of these, 20 units are transferred in from your master's-level courses and 46 doctoral-level units are taken at LMU. This includes dissertation work.

  • When will I begin my dissertation work?

    You will begin dissertation work in your first semester. This enables you to maximize your research and preparation time for this important endeavor. One-to-one support with accessible faculty and advisors makes this process a positive, collaborative experience.

  • When are classes offered?

    During the school year, classes are offered Monday evenings. During the summers, classes are offered Monday and Thursday evenings. This schedule allows you to continue working while you complete your doctorate degree.

  • How many students are in each Cohort?

    Approximately 18 students are in each cohort. This provides for small, engaging class discussions, project experiences and one-to-one faculty input.

  • What is the cost of tuition for the School of Education?

    For the 2015-2016 academic year tuition is $1,400 per unit. Tuition adjusts every academic year.

  • What type of financial aid is available?

    All admitted and enrolled students in the doctoral program receive scholarship or grant funding. Work-based aid (such as research assistantships) and student loans (private, state and federal) are also available. Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

  • I have additional questions.

    The School of Education is committed to supporting you and helping you achieve your professional goals. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Doctoral Center by at 310.338.7449 or doctoral@lmu.edu.