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Higher Education Leadership & Organizational Studies Doctorate

Graduate Admissions Requirements

The Program Begins with the On-Campus Immersive Weekend October 11-13 and Classes begin October 21


Prospective students may apply for admission to the EdD in Higher Education Leadership & Organizational Studies throughout the year. Review of completed applications begins in early April. A limited number of spots are available and students are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible for priority consideration. Interviews will be conducted in May and June. Classes begin every October.


For consideration, applicants for tracks 1, 2, or 3 of the doctoral program must submit the following admission requirements:

  1. A completed application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree and master’s degree (in any discipline) from an accredited post-secondary institution of learning (a GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  3. An original essay of at least 250 words on the topic: "Why the EdD in Higher Education & Organizational Studies is important to my personal and professional goals"
  4. A current resume
  5. Two recommendations - Click Here to download the form
  6. Interview with program coordinator. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone or email. Interviews will be held at the Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA campus OR via Zoom. Zoom interviewees will be emailed the invite link.

For consideration, applicants for track 4 (ABD option) must submit all of the above requirements (1-6) plus the following:

  • Official transcripts showing completion of doctoral coursework from an accredited post-secondary institution of learning (ABD status) (a GPA of 3.0 or higher)

All documentation including recommendation forms and official transcripts must be mailed directly to Bay Path University's Office of Graduate Admissions:

Bay Path University
Office of Graduate Admissions
588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

The program coordinator and founding director are the final decision makers for all admissions decisions into this program.


Bay Path University will consider transfer credits as per the policies of the inbound institution and mindful of NECHE accreditation standards. The Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership & Organizational Studies may allow the transfer in of up to 18 credits in the core concentration area of higher education from accredited institutions and the transfer of up to 12 credits in a closely aligned master’s degree in such fields as determined by the program coordinator, but is not guaranteed. The final determination of what constitutes “specific allowable credit” will be determined by the program coordinator.

Please visit the EdD in Higher Education Leadership & Organizational Studies program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!