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EMPL Degree Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

All materials, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and test scores must be uploaded by the appropriate deadlines.

PhD in Educational Leadership
Start Term: Fall
Application Deadline: January 1

DEd in Educational Leadership
Start Term: Summer
Updated Application Deadline: February 1

MS in Educational Leadership
Start Term: Spring or Fall
Application Deadline: March 1 for Spring start; July 1 for Fall start

MEd and Preliminary Administrator Licensure*
Start Term: Summer
Application Deadline: March 1

*For Administrator Licensure information and instructions, please visit the Administrator Licensure Program homepage.

Application Overview

All students applying to master's and doctoral programs in EMPL must submit:

  1. Online GradWeb application
  2. Official transcripts

The required pieces of the GradWeb application for all applicants are detailed below; where master's and doctoral requirements differ, this is indicated with an asterisk.

For assistance using the GradWeb program, contact the UO Graduate School at or 541-346-5134. If you have questions or need assistance with the EMPL application process, contact our Student Services Coordinator, Angela Burham, at or 541-346-1492.

Application Instructions

1. GradWeb Application

Complete the UO Admission Application online, using the UO Graduate School’s GradWeb program. There is a $70 non-refundable application fee for new students ($90 for international students).

Please enter the following when completing the application:

    School or College: Education
    Major: Educational Leadership (EDLD)

Fee Waivers

Students who are applying to multiple graduate programs at the UO need to start the applications, pay the first application fee, and then contact the Graduate School with a request for a fee waiver. 

Students who have been admitted previously to the UO Graduate School and have registered for credits the term they were admitted should still fill out the Admissions Application. The form will ask if you have ever enrolled as an admitted graduate student at the UO; saying yes to this will automatically waive the application fee.

You will be required to submit the following documents as part of your application. Upload the following documents into your GradWeb application:

  •  Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Revised Graduate Record Examination (rGRE), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
    *Required for doctoral applicants; optional for master's applicants.

     GRE (or rGRE) or MAT scores should be from within the last 7 years. Please note that most testing services will not accept orders for official test results to be sent after 5 years. We do not publish average or minimum required scores. For more information, or to schedule a test with UO’s University Testing Center, please see:
     Please use the following core Recipient Schools / Institution Codes when placing your order, so that they are directed to UO Admissions:
       o MAT:  2195 – University of Oregon Admissions Office
       o GRE or rGRE: 4846 – University of Oregon Institution Code
     Please note that you ALSO need to upload a scanned copy of your test results onto your UO GradWeb admission application before the deadlines stated.

  • References or Letters of Recommendation
    *Four references required for doctoral applicants; three required for master's applicants.

    As part of your online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for individuals who can help to determine your potential for success in a graduate program. Individuals who have had previous opportunities to supervise or evaluate your work are the best candidates to write these letters. Upon submission of a completed application, GradWeb will email a request and instructions to referees to log in to the GradWeb system and provide their answers to a series of questions and optionally upload supplemental letters of recommendation. These references must be received before the deadlines for applications to close. We encourage you to list additional references to ensure you get the minimum number required.
  • Goal Statement
    PhD & Master's Goal Statement: The goal statement is a key document in the application process. This is your opportunity to describe your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in education. Your statement should discuss any personal skills and experiences that explain your aspirations for graduate study, and how your work, experience, and goals are directly related to the expertise of the EMPL faculty. Doctoral applicants in particular should consider which faculty members they would like to work with and discuss how applicants' goals relate to their research and teaching. Successful applications reflect alignment between potential program of study and the expertise of the faculty in supporting this program of study.

    DEd Goal Statement: Please describe why you are applying for a Doctorate of Education in EMPL. Address your current or future employment: How would this degree/experience further your career aspirations. How does your interest align with faculty and research centers associated with EMPL?
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    Your vitae should include the following information, beginning with most recent education, including degree and institution (with dates of graduation):
    o Work experiences in education
    o Presentations at conferences or workshops
    o Publications, if any
    o Organizational affiliations
    o Any other relevant professional information
  • Scholarly Writing Sample(s)
    PhD & Master's Writing Sample: A writing sample allows faculty to ascertain an applicant's skill in writing technical arguments that articulate a perspective and provide supportive logic. Select and respond to an article from an educational journal related to your area of interest in education. Endorse or refute the article in a manner that displays logic, clarity of thought and writing, and an understanding of the issue(s) anchored to your perspective. The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to analyze, synthesize, and critically reflect on information. It should display strong independent thinking and excellent writing skills. The writing sample should be about 8-10 pages long, double spaced.
    In addition to the writing sample above, students have the option to submit one or more additional samples of scholarly writing (e.g., course papers, articles, essays).

    DEd Writing Sample: Describe a problem of practice that warrants change. What is being done that is either incomplete, incorrect, or ill-informed and could benefit from change in practice. Describe the problem in sufficient detail to understand the context and setting as well as the manner in which this change could/should occur (e.g., deploy professional development, consider experimentation, improve communication systems, etc.). Also address the relevant targeted group (students, teachers, parents, administrators, school boards, state departments, etc.) and how this change would benefit them. Finally, in your analysis, cite the scholarly literature that supports your analysis.

2) Official Transcripts

In addition to uploading a copy of a transcript from any college or university from which you earned a degree onto your online GradWeb application, you also need to provide an official copy of these transcripts to UO Admissions*. The transcript(s) must confirm the awarding of degree(s) received. Please arrange to have these transcripts received by UO Admissions by the application deadline EITHER via:

o   Official hard copy (Paper transcript in a sealed envelope, OR

o   Official electronic copy (Link to official transcript sent to UO Admissions via email directly from the degree-granting institution)

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International Students

  • International students must provide UO Admissions with a copy of their official transcript in both the language of origin and in an officially recognized translated English version.  Please read about special instructions for international transcripts.
  • International students should add an additional six weeks before application deadlines to accommodate the processing of additional required paperwork. Copies of official TOEFL or IELTS score sheets or an explanation must be uploaded as "Additional Documents" to your GradWeb application, and offiical copies sent to UO Admissions.
  • International students should also visit the Graduate School's website and follow the instructions listed there to submit additional requirements.

Excellent support can also be found on UO Admissions’ International Students Support page.

This electronic document supersedes all previous versions and is subject to change.