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 Main Campus or the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown site (FSU @ USMH) in the summer.  Typcially even years are at the FSU main campus and odd years are at the USMH site. To reduce the need for students to come to a physical location, many of the courses are offered in blended format and in some cases entirely online.  

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.

  1. Apply:  Application should be made online here. Students without access to the internet can send paper application found here

    FSU Graduate Services
    101 Braddock Rd
    Frostburg, MD 21532-2303

  2. Send official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to:

    FSU Graduate Services
    101 Braddock Rd
    Frostburg, MD 21532-2303

    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.


  3. Submit supplemental application materials that include:

  • 3 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. Applicants submitting paper application should ask references to send recommendation letters via US postal service or use the recommendation forms found here

  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants will upload document in online application.  Applicants submitting via paper application should send documents via US postal service. The statement of purpose should inlcude: 
    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.

  • Resume/CV

Interview: Afer 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 beginning in March.

For more information or to speak to an admission specialist contact. 
Office of Graduate Services