Frequently Asked Questions

When will you begin accepting applications for the program?

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 13 (Summer 2020).  

How long does it take for an admission decision to be made?

There are two processes involved in the admission decision. Preliminary decision is based on a comprehensive review of the application materials received. Those who are identified as candidates proceed to the next level of admission review which involves an interview with the Admissions Committee. Preliminary decisions on the complete applications received by the priority deadline generally take approximately 3-4 weeks, and those applications received during the regular admission period, 4-6 weeks following the regular admission deadline. Interviews for the finalists will occur approximately 2-3 weeks following the preliminary decisions. Notification to candidates will be late March 2020.

How many students will you be accepting in 2020?

We expect to admit a cohort of 12-15 students.

When does the next cohort begin?

The next cohort will begin in Summer 2020.

Is a master's degree required for applying to the doctoral program?

Yes, a master's degree from a accredited college/university is required for admission to the program. If you anticipate completing your master's program by end of spring, you may apply to the program. You may be granted conditional admission based on satisfactory completion of the master's program.

Are there specializations within the program?

Yes, there are two specializations: P-12 (preschool, elementary, and secondary) and Community College.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in three years, including summer study.

How many units are required to complete the program?

The program consists of 60 units, of which 39 units are Core courses (to be taken by both P-12 and CC students), 9 units of Specialization courses, and 12 units from dissertation.

Are transfer units allowed?

The program may accept transfers of up to 6 units if they satisfy the following: (a) they were post-master/doctoral courses taken while officially matriculated in a graduate program at an accredited university; (b) the courses are equivalent in content and rigor to the courses offered in the doctoral program at Stanislaus State; (c) the courses are no older than 7 years from the time of graduation from the doctoral program at Stanislaus State; (d) the grades received in the courses are at least 3.0 or "B"; and (e) the petition is filed prior to enrollment in the doctoral program at Stanislaus State. Students still must pay the full tuition and fees.

What is the minimum GPA for admission to the program?

Applicants are expected to have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in completed graduate courses.

Is GRE required for admission to the program?  If so, what is the minimum score required.

Yes, GRE, taken within the past five years, is a requirement for admission. As admission is based on comprehensive evaluation of the achievements as well as potential for academic and professional success, there is no "cut-off" GRE score.

What type of GRE test should applicants take and what is the program code?

Applicants should prepare to take the computer-based General Test of GRE. The program code is 3001, Educational Administration. Please allow approximately two weeks for the results to be sent to the university. For more information on the GRE, please visit the web site at

What should I do if I expect to have all the materials prepared, but I am unable to take the GRE test before the application deadline?

It is best to have all required materials submitted to the office by the deadline. If you are unable to secure the GRE test scores by the deadline, submit all the other materials with a copy of a GRE registration verification. Please have the official scores sent to the office as soon as possible. Review of incomplete applications (including lack of GRE scores) by the deadline is based on space availability.

Can work experience substitute for GRE?

No, all applicants are expected to take and submit the GRE score.

Does the program require a Masters degree in any specific major?

Strong candidates for the program are those who hold a Masters degree related to education, social science, liberal studies/humanities, human service, and/or administration, with relevant experience and interest in school or organizational leadership.

What is the tuition for the program?

The 2019-20 fees are estimated at about $20,463 (inclusive of university fees) for a 12-month study. The annual fee will be assessed proportionally each term/session, with a projected increase of about 5-10% per year.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, there will be some financial aid, and graduate assistantships available to qualified students.  Prospective applicants should review the financial aid information contained in the CSU Admission Application booklet or online at  Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be obtained from the Financial Aid/Scholarships office at Stanislaus State or from the internet at, observing the applicable deadlines and requirements.

Will the doctoral degree from Stanislaus State qualify me to teach at a four-year college or university?

One's qualification for teaching at a four-year college or university vary depending on several factors, including academic and professional preparation, as well as potential for engaging in advanced scholarship. For example, those with a strong background in teaching or administration with outstanding academic preparation and achievement may be able to qualify for teaching in a teacher education or educational/school administration program at a university.

Will there be program information meetings held in 2019-2020?

There will be program information sessions held on-campus and at various locations throughout Fall 2019, and Spring 2020. Please see the "Informational Meetings for Potential Students" schedule for times and locations. No appointment is necessary to attend these sessions.

Whom do I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact the doctoral program office at (209) 664-6564, or by e-mail at