PhD in Education & Leadership Program Admissions

Apply today for the Ph.D. in Education & Leadership program or inquire for more information. Please complete the online GradCAS application to be considered for the program. 

Application Opens: December 14, 2023
Priority Deadline: May 15, 2024
Final Deadline: August 1, 2024 


How to Apply:

1. Create a GradCAS account. Please create an account and view the PhDEL application available by clicking on the Fall 2024 term. You may have to search for "Pacific University".

2. Fill out GradCAS application. All information will need to go to GradCAS. If you have any questions, please start with the GradCAS Help Center. Application materials include an updated resume, essay, official college transcripts from every institution attended, and three references. You can find instructions here on how to send official transcripts.

3. Submit application. When the GradCAS is completed, submit and pay the fee of $38 to GradCAS. Once Pacific University receives your completed GradCAS we will contact you for the next steps. We will begin reviewing applications and starting the interview process in February 2024.


Open House Dates for 2024

  • Wednesday, March 6th at 6pm, PST 
  • Wednesday, May 8th at 6pm, PST - Link to RSVP


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program will be required to have, at a minimum:

  • A Master's degree or a terminal or doctoral degree in a related professional field (i.e.; EdD, DHEd, PhD, JD, MD, DO, etc.) from a regionally-accredited college or university is preferred. Applicants who do not have a master's degree may be considered for Graduate College Education Equivalency. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution and greater than five years of experience. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) with 3.5 preferred at the master’s level or beyond;
  • Three references
  • A personal essay – specific questions are provided on the application

All applicants are required to attend a virtual panel interview via web-conferencing.

The program is competitive and applicants will be reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis. Applications are processed rapidly once they are received by the Faculty Admissions Committee. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that applicants apply early. Once the cohort is full for the year, the application process will close immediately.

Invitations for interviews are extended beginning each January. Classes begin each August.

International Admissions

English Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens. International students are required to submit scores from a recent TOEFL exam.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for two years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.

  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a master’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted.

Minimum Test Score Requirements







600 overall

Minimum per section:
54-55 reading
55 listening
55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:
21 reading
22 listening
22 structure/writing

100 overall

Minimum per section:
20 reading
21 listening
22 writing
22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum subs cores per section:

Dedicated Support for International Students

In addition to providing international student support services, Pacific University also has a dedicated international student advisor, Katelyn Eisenhooth, who can answer any of your questions related to international travel to the U.S. and study abroad opportunities at Pacific University. She can also serve as a resource for getting your Social Security Number and for any general immigration questions as an international student.



Contact Us

Emily Josi | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions and Marketing | 503-352-7219