Ed.D. Admissions

Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Learning in Organizations

Program Start DatePriority Application DeadlineFinal Application Deadline
May 2022
February 11, 2022
March 11, 2022

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Students who submit their application by the priority deadline will receive an admissions decision sooner.

Application Requirements

Admission to the Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations depends on several factors, including the overall quality of application materials, depth and relevance of leadership experience, and a record of academic and professional achievement.

The program is designed for mid-career professionals who have at least three years of work experience in leadership roles. Those with less experience are unlikely to be admitted to the program. Internships, student teaching, and assistantships during undergraduate or graduate study will not be counted as work experience.

Applicants interested in applying to the Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations should meet the following requirements:

  • bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Thirty applicable graduate-level hours must be transferred to this degree program from a regionally accredited institution. Grades of B or better or grades of P, S, or CR will transfer if approved by the department.
  • A superior scholastic record, normally above a 3.0 GPA.
  • Evidence of successful leadership experience.
  • A high level of verbal and quantitative ability. Evidence may include the GRE, GMAT, or other indicators of verbal and quantitative skill.
  • Statement of Purpose that explains your reasons for wishing to undertake doctoral study at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, your professional goals, and any additional information that may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your application.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS, unless they have demonstrated competence while attending an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents, who reside in the United States. Current exceptions to this policy include active members of the U.S. military who are stationed abroad and residents of U.S. territories.

Applicants must submit the following items with their application:


Official academic records from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted. Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to apps@peabodyonline.vanderbilt.edu, as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Your transcripts can be sent by mail to:

Vanderbilt University
Application Processing Center
Peabody Online
PO Box 30096 025-001
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s), through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution, or delivered in the original sealed envelope from the institution(s). If a transcript appears to have been opened, unencrypted or downloaded by any party other than Vanderbilt University Application Processing Center, it will be marked as unofficial.

Official verification of prior degrees is required for any new student who has earned a university degree prior to enrolling at Vanderbilt. Students must submit final, official transcripts (and any necessary supporting documentation) prior to the first day of classes of their first semester at Vanderbilt. Students who have not submitted required documentation by the first day of classes are subject to having their classes canceled.

All entering students to Peabody College must have their prior degrees verified in order to register for classes for their first term. A final, official transcript should list the degree(s) awarded and the month and year of conferment.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants to the online doctor of education (Ed.D.) in leadership and learning in organizations program are required to write a Statement of Purpose that explains their desire to pursue doctoral study at Peabody College.

The Statement of Purpose gives prospective students the opportunity to outline their professional goals and highlight any professional or academic experiences that have prepared them to pursue a doctor of education. This portion of the application is also used to evaluate effective verbal, writing and analytical skills. Applicants should provide clear and compelling reasoning for their motivations and qualifications for doctoral study to write an effective Statement of Purpose.


A professional résumé is required. Your résumé should include all relevant professional and academic experiences and accomplishments. 

Reference Letters

Peabody requires at least three letters of recommendation. Letters should come from current or former employers who can comment on your professional contributions and/or former instructors who can speak to your academic preparation for doctoral-level work. Personal recommendations will not be accepted. 

Standardized Tests

Applicants with undergraduate GPAs of 2.75 or above are strongly encouraged but not required to submit a GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test score. The GRE is required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75. The GRE is an opportunity for applicants to present additional evidence of the quantitative and verbal skills required for doctoral-level study.

An official GRE score report must be sent directly from the testing agency. The institution code for the GRE is 1871. There is no department code.

Please note: For the Ed.D., for the May 2022 application cycle only, GRE scores are not required, although they are strongly recommended. If you have taken the GRE and believe your scores will improve your application, you may submit the GRE with your application.

Non-Native English Speakers

In addition to program-specific application requirements, applicants whose native languages are not English must also submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

We accept TOEFL scores that are paper-based (550+), computer-based (213+) and internet-based (80+). IELTS scores should be a 7.0 composite with no band lower than a 6.5. An official score report sent directly from the testing agency is required. Our institution code for the TOEFL is 1871; there is no department code. There is no institution code for the IELTS.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from all applicants whose native languages are not English unless they have received a college degree from an institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or from an English medium university in South Africa.

International Transcripts

International students with degrees from non-U.S. institutions who are admitted and enroll at Vanderbilt are required to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved credentials evaluation agency and to have an official report sent by the agency to the Vanderbilt University’s Registrar’s Office. The World Education Services (WES) is the preferred agency used by Peabody College. A WES evaluation is not required for the application, but must be completed before the student can matriculate.

Get Started

Begin your application to the Peabody College Ed.D. program today, or contact an admissions counselor with any of your questions at admissions@peabodyonline.vanderbilt.edu or +1-855-338-4540.