Frequently Asked Questions

When will you begin accepting applications for the program?

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 15 (Summer 2022).  

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

There are two processes involved in the admission decision. The 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 in late March 2022.

How many students will you be accepting in 2022?

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

When does the next cohort begin?

The next cohort will begin in Summer 2022.

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

Yes, a master's degree from an 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 the 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.

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 2021-22 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 varies depending on several factors, including academic and professional preparation, as well as the 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 teacher education or educational/school administration program at a university.

Will there be program information meetings held in 2021-2022

Connect with us and learn more about the program! We welcome an opportunity to meet with you by Zoom; email the program director and administrative support coordinator to arrange a date and time.

Whom do I contact if I have further questions?

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