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Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies must hold at least a master’s degree in education or a related field. Additionally, all applicants must have at least three years of successful teaching, leadership or equivalent experience in educational practice. Admission decisions will be based on the following factors: academic proficiency, professional accomplishments, proposed intellectual focus and potential for completing a rigorous program. After an initial review of applications and supporting documents, some applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Either before or immediately after admission, students must complete an examination to assess competence and/or other prerequisites identified.

For more information about admission requirements or to speak with the program director, contact Joan McCarthy, Executive Secretary to the Dean of the College of Education, at 516-299-2210 or e-mail or Dr. Paula Lester, at 516-299-2191 or e-mail

Admission Application Instructions

Applications to the Ed.D. program are accepted for the fall semester only. All application materials must be received by the April deadline, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, statement of research/inquiry, writing sample, c.v./resume and non-refundable application fee. All requested materials should be submitted to the Admissions Processing Center. The Ed.D. Program does not accept applications for the Spring semester admission.

Send application materials to:

LIU Post
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021

1. Required Admissions Application

Applicants to the Ed.D. Program must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission.

For the field “Campus,” select “LIU Post”

  • For the field “Admit type,” select “Graduate” or “International Graduate” as appropriate
  • For the field “Intended major,” select “Interdis Educational Studies Ed.D.”

2. Application Fee

Mail a non-refundable application fee of $50 by either check or money order (made payable to Long Island University) or contact the Bursar to submit fee via credit card. Please write your name on the check or money order. International applicants must pay the fee in U.S. dollars by sending an international money order or check. You can also pay by credit card by printing the Credit Card Authorization form on the Bursar Web site or by calling 516-299-2323. Cash, international postal money orders or Eurochecks are not accepted.

3. Transcripts

Official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from any college(s) you have attended. Photocopies or student copies are not considered official.

4. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be written by persons who can comment from personal knowledge on the academic and/or professional qualifications of the applicant. Applicants to the Ed.D. Program must submit one letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor or professor. An employer, school principal or superintendent must write one other recommendation. An employer, former instructor or professional colleague of status may write the third letter of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be obtained from a person holding a doctoral degree (e.g., Ed.D., Pd.D., M.D.). Please ask recommenders holding a doctoral degree to indicate that credential in the text of their letters or to include it in their signature blocks.
Ed.D. Letters of Recommendation

5. Personal Statement

Write a statement describing your educational and professional goals and discuss what you hope to gain from doctoral study at Long Island University. The statement should be one to three pages in length. You may submit this statement as part of the Online Application for Admission, or follow at a later date as a hard copy mailed with other supplemental materials.

6. Statement of Research/Inquiry

Write a statement describing your primary areas of research or inquiry interest. The statement should be one to three pages in length.
Ed.D. Statement of Research

7. Writing Sample

Submit a copy of a publication or a sample of other scholarly writing.

8. Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Submit a curriculum vitae or résumé, indicating at least three years of successful teaching, leadership or equivalent experience in educational practice.

9. Graduate Admissions Tests

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit scores for the general test (verbal, quantitative and analytic) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). It is the applicant’s responsibility to request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) forward official copies of GRE scores directly to the Graduate Admissions Office (address below).

  • For Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) contact Educational Testing Service at , or call 1-800-GRE-CALL. LIU Post’s Educational Testing Service Code is 2070.
  • For Miller Analogies Test (MAT) information contact

10. International Students – Degree Requirements

International applicants must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission (select “International Graduate” in the field “Admit Type” and select “Interdisc Educational Studies Ed.D.” in the field “Intended Major.”)Applicants who do not have a master’s degree from a U.S. institution must also submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable score for admission to doctoral study is 600. The TOEFL exam requirement may be waived if the applicant has received a degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.