Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (EdD) (ELAP)


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Program Description

Pepperdine University GSEP does not offer full scholarships. You can read more about the available opportunities for new students here. Pepperdine University GSEP also offers graduate assistance, teaching assistance, and research assistance opportunities. GSEP does not provide tuition reimbursements.

Creating a Better Educational Future

The ELAP program prepares leaders in public & private (K-12) education to create and sustain powerful learning communities. This program offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on action research, continuous improvement and developing culture.

Program Overview

Designed for educational leaders in public & private (K-12) education from around the globe who serve and/or aspire to serve in dynamic leadership roles at school sites, district and county offices of education. Its 60/40 hybrid learning format engages students in both face-to-face and online learning environments. Face-to-face meetings are held in four-day intense sessions five times over each academic year; online learning engages students in innovative and dynamic learning in between the face-to-face sessions. Weekend sessions are held at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

Program Benefits

  • Allows students to continue full-time work while engaged in a study
  • Hybrid blended format delivers coursework via 60 percent face-to-face interaction and 40 percent online instruction
  • Required trip to Washington, DC, or a similar venue to experience policy development at the federal, state, or local level
  • Nationally recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive educational leadership experience
  • Faculty mentors dedicated to students' academic and professional success
  • Emphasis on the development of ethical and culturally proficient personal leadership
  • Development of inquiry/practitioner research knowledge and skills
  • Cohort model designed for peer support and professional relationship development
  • Career Services Center dedicated exclusively to the field of education to support students' professional advancement
  • Writing Support Center offers writing seminars and APA workshops, as well as individual review and guidance on writing papers and dissertation manuscripts
  • Extensive alumni network comprising more than 20,000 members

Key Facts

  • Program Length / Units + Dissertation Units: 3.5 years average / 51 EdD units / (2 units per term until completion of dissertation
  • Unit Cost: $1,550
  • Start Terms: Fall
  • Campus Location: West Los Angeles / Online Hybrid Program (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

Admission Deadlines:

  • Fall Term 2018 Final Deadline: August 6, 2018, 11:59 PM PST
  • Admissions for this program are rolling. We do not wait for the application deadline to review your application. For applications received after the deadline, students will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Admission Requirements:

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

  1. Application for Admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. A postgraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. Official transcripts sent electronically via one of the approved companies listed on the GSEP website from the institutions that awarded the baccalaureate and master's degrees to the applicant as well as all transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended.
  5. Three professional recommendations that attest to the applicant's academic abilities, character, and professional ability, at least two of which attest to the applicant's leadership experience and/or potential. The online Professional Recommendation form should be emailed to
  6. A two-page proctored essay on a selected topic. Applicants who do not perform satisfactorily on this essay may be required to attend a writing workshop course at GSEP such as ED 692. Alternatively, applicants may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE—verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the past five years.
  7. A 1,000- to 2,000-word statement of educational purpose addressing such topics as issues, questions, interests, matters of concern regarding educational and professional development, strengths and weaknesses with respect to engaging in doctoral study, and/or future career objectives.
  8. Personal interviews are required for all qualified applicants who apply to the program.
  9. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is optional but recommended.
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