Admission Process

Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Cohorts for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program begin in the first  summer session.  Cohorts are admitted to either the Frostburg State Campus or the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown site (FSU @ USMH) in the summer.  The cohort begining in summer 2019 will be based out of University System of Maryland at Hagerstown site.  The coursework will be delivered through hybrid instruction ( a combination of face-to-face and online coursework).

Deadline to apply for summer cohorts is March 1.

Application Process:

Interested candidates must follow the below procedures.  All application materials must be submitted by March 1.

  • Apply:  Application can be made online at or by mailing in an application to:

    FSU Graduate Services
    101 Braddock Rd
    Frostburg, MD 21532

  • Send official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to:

    FSU Graduate Services
    101 Braddock Rd
    Frostburg, MD 21532

    Please note: FSU alumni do not need to send FSU transcripts as FSU Office of Graduate Services will have access to alumni transcripts.  However, all transcripts outside of FSU must be sent.

Submit supplemental application materials that include statement of purpose, resume and letters of reference.  Statement of Purpose and resume can be emailed to  Letters of reference must be original.

Letters of Reference: Applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program will be required to submit three references, at least one of which should be from current employer/supervisor – exceptions must be justified. Applicants will be asked to submit contact information for references at the time of submitting an online application.  An electronic reference form will be sent to the reference provided in the application. 

Statement of Purpose: All applicants are to provide a typewritten statement (limited to two pages double spaced) in which the following points are addressed:

  • Briefly describe your background: Summary of relevant job experience and education, most significant accomplishments, key personal experiences that have contributed to your commitment to work in the field of education or education related issues.

  • Your qualifications for the program and objectives for professional career: Describe your strengths and discuss why you feel you would be a candidate for this program. Describe how the Ed.D. program will help you achieve your career goals and aspirations. Describe your areas of interest that this degree will help you pursue.

  • Other information you feel would be pertinent to your application.
Resume: provide resume that reviews both educational and professional background. 

  • After all application documents have been received, selected candidates will be required to participate in an oral interview and writing prompt.  Interviews are generally scheduled in Spring between March and April.

Contact for Application Information:

Office of Graduate Services