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The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership program starts three times throughout the year (January, May and September). Limited spots are available. In order to be considered for your preferred start date, please reach out to an Admissions Counselor as soon as possible to get started with the admissions process.
1 If you fully complete your application prior to the Early Application deadline, your application fee will be reduced to $50. Please contact an Admissions Counselor for details. Return to footnote reference
The USC Rossier School of Education maintains the same high admissions criteria for our online programs as for our on-campus programs. We seek candidates whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of a rigorous graduate education program. To be eligible for the EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership program, you must meet the following requirements:
A bachelor's degree or its recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
A superior scholastic record, normally above a 3.0 GPA
A record of leadership experience, specifically having led a team or organization
A high level of writing ability as demonstrated by the required EdD Writing Assessment, GRE or GMAT
The ability to communicate effectively as demonstrated by academic performance and/or professional experience
A Statement of Purpose that clearly indicates professional career goals and reasons for seeking the degree
The online application includes questions about your personal, academic and professional background. To be considered for admission, you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the recognized international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. While the Admissions Committee looks for candidates whose academic background demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program, prior coursework in education is not required.
The application includes three required essays, which allow the Admissions Committee to gain a deeper understanding of your past experiences and professional goals. In addition, the essays allow you to demonstrate the written communication skills that are critical for success in the program.
You will be asked to provide information about past employment and upload your most current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of three letters are required. Letters should come from supervisors and colleagues who can comment on significant contributions you have made in your workplace or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.
Applicants are required to submit one of the following three assessments:
EdD Writing Assessment: The EdD Writing Assessment is a 30-minute online essay exercise that measures a candidate's ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills in written form. The applicant will choose a position to a given argument and then compose a concise, well-reasoned response that either agrees or disagrees with the position statement.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The GRE is offered at testing sites around the world, and scores are valid for five years. The Admissions Committee looks for a balance between verbal and quantitative scores. Information about GRE testing centers can be found at the GRE website. The University of Southern California school code is 4852.
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): The GMAT is offered at testing sites around the world, and scores are valid for five years. If you take the GMAT more than once, the Committee will consider your highest score in each section from each test sitting. Official score reports must be sent directly to the University of Southern California. Click here for more information about the GMAT.
Sealed, official academic transcripts must be sent directly from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including any community college coursework. Please send all transcripts to:
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your encrypted transcript(s) be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.
You will be asked to provide written authorization giving your consent to release your academic records, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The USC application fee is $90.
If your prior study was completed outside of the United States, you must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be eligible for admission.
If your native language is not English and you do not have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, you will be required to submit a valid score from the TOEFL iBT® (Internet-based test).
The Admissions Committee also may require that you complete an oral interview to assess your English communication skills. Because the program content is delivered in English, it is critical to have the ability to understand course materials and collaborate with classmates and faculty. Oral interviews may be arranged in person, by telephone or through video conferencing.
Transcripts and all other materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of USC. The university does not return or duplicate materials for any reason whatsoever. The information and materials in your submitted application are made available only to the central Office of Admission and the admission committee of the academic department or professional school to which you have applied.