Community College Leadership (Ed.D.)

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Admission Requirements:

  • Completed online application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • Personal Statement of Purpose, between 1000 and 2000 words, should describe the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and ways in which his or her experience, skills, and goals are aligned with this doctoral program.
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation based on academic or professional experience
  • Official copy of GRE scores that are no older than 5 years, or verification of 5 years of Higher Education experience
  • Current resume / curriculum vitae should outline the applicant’s educational background, employment history, professional activities, and other activities that provide support for the Statement of Purpose.
  • Interview: A program committee will participate in an In-Person or Video Conference interview, depending on the applicant’s geographic distance from the university.
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) or waiver, if applicable


  • An earned baccalaureate and master's degree, or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in Community Colleges, or a related professional setting
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

Fall Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: January 15
Regular Deadline:  April 15

*This program does not offer spring admission. Students apply for fall semester and will begin coursework over the summer.

**This program is only open to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Canadian Citizens only. International students seeking an F-1 Student Visa are not eligible to apply for this doctoral program.  

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