Doctorate of Education in Applied Leadership

Admission Requirements 

Applicants to the EdD program in Applied Leadership must meet the following admission requirements.  All applications will be reviewed by a graduate admission committee who will make admission recommendations based on the listed criteria. Applicants who do not meet these criteria can be accepted on a provisional basis based on committee recommendations.

Minimum admission to the Doctorate of Education in Applied Leadership program requires:

  • A completed online application found here:
  • A non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate post-secondary institutions of higher learning from which 9 or more credits have been attempted. Minimally, 
    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • A masters degree from a regionally accredited institution, or if a masters degree has not be completed, a minimum of 30 graduate-level credits. 
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA in all post-bachelors degree credit. Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement or who have other deficiencies may be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • A 200-300 word statement describing principle areas of academic interest, capabilities, experience, and reasons for pursuing the doctorate degree. 
  • Resume. 
  • Three letters of evaluation from professional contacts who can attest to academic potential (i.e. former professors, current supervisors, past supervisors, and/or co-workers).
  • Preferred: Minimum of 3 years satisfactory teaching or professional experience.

International students must also provide the following documentation:

  • A test of English proficiency (TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS)
  • Course-by-course transcript evaluation from a professional evaluation service currently recognized by NACES ( UW-Green Bay recommends one of the following evaluation services:
    • Education Credential Evaluators (ECE):
    • World Education Services (WES): 
  • Please note that this program is online. International students are welcome to apply for and enroll in an online program. However, they are unable to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa based on enrollment in this program. 

A Sample Course Plan is available on the Applied Leadership Ed.D. website here: 

Leadership Sequence15
Doctoral Inquiry
Organizational Theory and Behavior
Leading Diverse Organizations
Leadership for Equity and Social Justice
Seminar in Leading with Emerging Technologies
Inquiry Sequence9
Research Designs and Methodologies
Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Advanced Qualitative Methods
Emphasis Options12
Public & Non-Profit Leadership
Four courses (700-level) in Public Administration
Specialized Studies
Four graduate courses; Select courses aligned with your learning and leadership goals
Applied Sequence18
Leadership Field-Based Application
Seminar: Immersive Leadership Experience
Dissertation Project Seminar
Total Credits54

Progress to Degree  

  1. Candidate applies to the Doctorate of Education in Applied Leadership program by submitting an application, application fee, official transcripts, resume, statement of intent, and three letters of evaluation to the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Office of Graduate Studies. 
  2. Candidate is admitted into the Doctorate of Education in Applied Leadership program by the Graduate Admissions Committee. 
  3. In year three, after completion of 32 credits (not including electives), student enrolls in EDUC 888 Dissertation Project Seminar.
    1. Student successfully completes a dissertation project proposal.

    2. Students will be assigned a committee chair and begin creating the rest of the committee while they are writing the dissertation proposal. All committee members will be in place within year three. The Dissertation Committee Composition will consist of 3 members required, with a 4 committee member maximum. 
      1. Committee Member 1, Committee Chair assigned to student by the faculty.
      2. Committee Member 2, Faculty member with an earned doctorate (required)
      3. Committee Member 3 and optional Member 4:  Additional member must be one of the following (required):      
        • ​academic scholar
        • professional/practitioner from the field
        • community partner
  4. Student begins EDUC 899 Dissertation coursework.
    1. Student maintains continuous enrollment, semester-to-semester (fall, spring, and summer) until the dissertation's completion. Enrollment options include:
      1. Completing 6 credits of EDUC 899. 
      2. After 6 credits of EDUC 899 have been completed, the student may enroll in:
        1. GRAD 893 Dissertation Completion (a 0-credit dissertation completion course for doctoral students)
        2. EDUC 899 for additional dissertation credits
        3. Enroll for other graduate course credit applicable to the Ed.D. in Applied Leadership program.
  5. Student writes and publicly defends their dissertation.
  6. Faculty approves defense and dissertation manuscript. Student uploads their dissertation to ProQuest.
  7. Degree is awarded and graduate receives diploma.  


Mary N Gichobi; Associate Professor, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Timothy U Kaufman; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago

Mark T Kiehn; Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder

Samantha Meister; Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Texas A&M University

Andria Moon; Associate Professor, Ed.D., Central Michigan University