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Cohorts for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program begin each fall.  Cohorts are admitted to the Frostburg State Campus in the fall of even-numbered years and cohorts for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown site (FSU @ USMH) are admitted in fall of odd-numbered years. 

Deadline to apply for fall 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 can be made online at or by mailing in an application to:

    FSU Graduate Services
    101 Braddock Rd
    Frostburg, MD 21532
  2. Send official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to:

    FSU Graduate Services
    101 Braddock Rd
    Frostburg, MD 21532
  3. Submit supplemental application materials that include Statement of Purpose, resume and letters of reference. 

Letters of Reference: Applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program are asked to obtain three letters of reference (at least one of which should be from current employer/supervisor – exceptions must be justified). The applicant should provide the respondent with a stamped envelope addressed as follows: Office of Graduate Services

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.
  • What are your qualifications for the program and objectives of 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.

  1. Original letters of reference must be submitted with original signatures. (Reference forms used for graduate assistantships and other master’s programs are not applicable and will not be accepted for the Doctor of Education Program).
  2. After all application documents have been received, selected candidates will be required to participate in an oral interview and writing prompt. 


Dr. Glenn Thompson
Program Coordinator

Vickie Mazer
Director Graduate Services

Office of Graduate Services