Admission - EdD in Higher Education Administration Executive Cohort

The EdD in Higher Education Administration Executive Cohort at The University of Alabama welcomes applications from highly-qualified individuals who have strong academic preparation, leadership potential, and a clearly-articulated commitment to the field of higher education. Admission is competitive, as we admit a small number of students each year into the EdD program.

Prospective students must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies

When applying to the Graduate School select 'Main Campus' to indicate where you plan to take classes. Choose 'Higher Education Admin, EDD (Executive Cohort)' as the planned course of study.

The following application materials are required by the Graduate School.

Graduate School Application

Standardized Test Scores

  • You should demonstrate satisfactory performance on an up-to-date (within the last five years) standardized test.
  • The GRE is the preferred test, but MAT scores will also be considered.
  • To be considered for regular admission, you should have an acceptable entrance score of a minimum of 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the revised GRE (a score of 1000 if taken prior to August 2011) or a score no lower than the 50th percentile on the MAT.


  • Submit all transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended.
  • Prospective students should have maintained an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program.

Statement of Purpose

The following departmental requirements should be submitted to the Graduate School's Managing Supporting Documents portal.

  • HEA admissions application
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A one-page statement of purpose for pursing the degree (you can use the same document submitted to the Graduate School.)
  • Vita or resume
  • Writing sample
    • Prospective students must submit a five-page writing sample describing a problem that faces higher education today (nationally), analyzing salient points of the issue, and evaluating potential solutions. The sample should demonstrate formal writing and include appropriate citations.

Questions concerning the application process should be directed to Dr. Arleene Breaux at (205) 348-1169.