Application Requirements

The following requirements are online, mailed, by phone, or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu.
Note: Priority application deadline for fall admission is December 1 of the previous fall.

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: official, sealed transcripts from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received one of the following: an Ed.S. degree OR a master’s degree and post-master’s educational leadership credits.
  3. Phone: an interview with the Doctoral Program Director and designated faculty from the Department of Education.
  4. Have three online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues that provide evidence of scholarly abilities, aptitude for administration, and potential for successful completion of a doctoral program.
  5. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form completed by the applicant's current district superintendent (or designee) or by the applicant's lead supervisor.
  6. Email or mail: a 3-5 page statement of purpose in which the applicant explains (a) her/his academic and professional interests, (b) the reasons behind selecting this particular program and Northwest Nazarene University, and (c) how this degree will impact her/his role in the educational community.
  7. Email or mail: a 10-15 page research-based paper on an appropriate subject from the broad field of education that represents the applicant's analytical and writing abilities. This paper may be a representative piece of the applicant's previous work in another academic program.

Admission Requirements

After October 15 each year, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the doctoral program for the following January. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A recognized specialist degree (Ed.S.) or its equivalent with a minimum of 30 semester graduate credits from an academic institution that is accredited by an official regional accreditation agency. The completed Ed.S. program must meet with the approval of the Doctoral Program Director. Additional courses may be required based upon recommendations from the program director. In particular, EDUC8677 - Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research is required.
  2. Applicants who have not earned an Ed.S. degree or its equivalent should apply to the Ed.S. program before applying to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the student's Ed.S. program as indicated on official transcripts. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the doctoral program.
  4. For students whose native language is not English, satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as indicated by official scores. For minimum scores, see the International Students section.
  5. Competency in the use of computer and Internet technology, and either access to or ownership of appropriate computer equipment. High-speed Internet access is required.
  6. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  7. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.
Candidates may also be required to be interviewed by the Doctoral Program Director and designated faculty from the Department of Education.