Student Application Checklist

For Ed.D. and Ed.S. Programs

Take Advantage of online courses - classes begin in August
No GRE or MAT test required for Ed.D. candidates
Format and course schedule designed for working educators

Thank you for your interest in Gardner-Webb University's post-graduate degree programs.

To reserve your seat in a cohort, simply submit your application below and follow the remaining steps.

Application for Graduate Admission

Complete and submit the cohort application by clicking the button.


Graduate Cohort Registration Form

Complete the graduate cohort registration form by clicking the button.


Application Fee

Please click the button to submit your non-refundable $40 application fee. This button will take you directly to a secure online payment form.

Once your seat has been reserved, follow the remaining steps to complete your admissions file:


Financial Aid & Payment Options

Determine how you plan to pay for the program: Financial Aid or Pay-As-You-Go.

If using Financial Aid, Complete the FAFSA online. It is in your best interest to complete the financial aid process as early as possible.

If using a Pay-As-You-Go plan, click the button for more information.


Official Transcripts

Gardner-Webb University requires an official transcript showing an earned Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, in addition to all Master’s level transcripts, including any past graduate credits. The Privacy Act requires that each student request in writing that transcripts be released to the Graduate School Admissions Office.


License Upload

Proof of a current North Carolina principal’s license or the equivalent is required for admission to the Ed.S. in Executive Leadership Studies or Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Proof of a current North Carolina teaching license or commensurate experience is required for admission to the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. You must have a minimum of three years of experience in the education field, preferably in administration. Please attach a copy of your license by clicking the button to the right, or fax or mail a copy to the number or address below. A copy of your license is typically available in your personnel file with your school or district.

*If you are a licensed educator in South Carolina, you must submit an out-of-state/online-program approval form to the SC Department of Education and provide a copy of the letter of approval you receive from SCDOE in order for Gardner-Webb to recommend you for licensure in SC.


Three Professional Reference Forms

The easiest and fastest way to request a recommendation is to do so online by clicking the button to the right. This allows us to e-mail a reference form directly to your recommender on your behalf. If you prefer to use the traditional paper form, see page 10 of the Student Information Packet. At least one reference must be completed by someone at the central office level. Personal references are not accepted.

Personal Goal Statement

Please submit a personal essay explaining your purpose for obtaining an advanced degree from Gardner-Webb University.


GRE/MAT score or current National Board Certification

National Board Certification or an official copy of your score report from the GRE/MAT is required for admission. If submitting test scores, the exam must have been taken during the last 5 years.

No GRE or MAT test required for Ed.D. candidates