Student Application Checklist

For Doctoral Education Programs

Classes begin in January - reserve your seat today!
8 week courses • Blended Format or Online

Thank you for your interest in Holy Family University's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies.

To reserve a seat in the cohort we will need your application and $50 application fee. These items are found in Steps 1 and can be completed by clicking the button after each step.

To expedite processing, please use the online forms whenever possible.


Application & $50 Application Fee

Complete and submit the cohort application to the doctoral program with a $50 nonrefundable application fee by clicking the button. Application fee requirement is waived for students who have graduated from Holy Family University.

Once your seat has been reserved, please 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 steps outlined on the How to Pay page. It is in your best interest to complete the financial aid process as early as possible. Click the button for information about the Deferred Payment Plan.


Official Transcripts

Submit official undergraduate and Master’s transcripts of all previous and current college-level and graduate-level course work. For more information, click the button.


Writing Sample/Personal Essay

Please submit a personal essay outlining your academic and professional goals and the role that the doctoral program at Holy Family will play in the achievement of those goals (1500 word maximum) by clicking the button or by email or fax.


Recommendations/Letter of Reference

Students seeking admission to the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program should arrange to have three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s academic or work experience. Click the button to submit contact information for your references, and the Graduate Information Office will request them on your behalf.


Current Resume

Submit your current resume that includes all professional experience, certifications, professional memberships, and professional activities directly to the Graduate Information Office by email, fax, or mail. Click the button to submit your resume.


Interview with Program Director

Once your admission documents have been received, Holy Family University will contact you if an interview is needed.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the applicant’s first language; minimum score of 600 (written) or 250 (computer-based).