Educational Leadership Program

ELP Application Checklist

Welcome Applicants!
The Educational Leadership Program (ELP) looks forward to assisting you through the application process. (Please Note: ELP is a doctoral program for working professionals. During the program you must be fully employed.) If we can be of service to you in any step of the application process, please feel free to contact us ( or (310) 206-0558.

**Application deadline each year for a Fall entry is Feb 1st**

Incomplete or late applications will NOT be reviewed.

(PDF for 2020 is pending. Please read below.)

The application process for the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies involves various elements.
Please use this checklist to ensure you have submitted all the necessary application materials for graduate study in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. We recommend you start as early as possible to avoid any delays in processing your application.
  • Start the Graduate Admissions Application on-line from the Graduate Division website: . Complete Basic Information, Biographical Data, and Citizenship and Residency.NOTE: Please be sure to apply to the correct major for Plans for Graduate Study.  Select Education Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program
  • Complete additional sections (e.g., Academic History, Professional Experience)
  • Application Fee will be paid when you are ready to submit your application.
    • The nonrefundable application fee ($105.00 for U.S. citizens, AB540 and Permanent Residents; F1 status applicants are not eligible to apply) can only be paid by credit card.  Please note that a 2.75% fee will be charged for use of credit card. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, you must upload supporting documentation prior to submitting application.
      The application fee must be paid before the application can be processed.
The following items must be uploaded in each corresponding part of the application:
  • Transcripts (we do need an official transcript mailed in to the Office; see Step 4)
  • Only one Statement of Purpose is required, which is uploaded (3-5 pages, double-spaced, 12-pt. font). Please describe (1) your professional objectives, (2) how ELP can help you achieve your objectives over the next 10 years, (3) the key experiences that have helped to shape your commitment to education, and (4) one or two professional accomplishments that reflect your leadership or potential for leadership in education.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report from the Educational Testing Service. (This may be directly reported to UCLA.  You may choose to upload this in the Supporting Documents upload section.)
  • UCLA’s institution code for this exam is R4837, and the department code is Education. All prospective students to the Educational Leadership Program should take the GRE exam by January 1st. If scores are not received by February 1, your application will be considered incomplete. Please plan accordingly. Please include your Social Security Number during registration for the GRE in order to prevent misdirection of scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation-done via online access.
    • The website is transitioning to a new application program and will lead you through directions. You may have your recommenders send their letters of recommendation directly to our office (via snail mail) or submit electronically to Judy Miyoshi ( in our office. Email addresses of your recommenders will be verified. All letters of recommendation should come directly from the recommender. One recommendation must be from a recent or current supervisor. All recommendations must be submitted by the established deadline in order to be considered.

STEP 4: Send transcripts to:

UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Educational Leadership Program

1029 Moore Hall, UCLA Box 951521

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

  • ONE official transcript, in a sealed envelope, from each institution a degree was earned or in progress. Transcripts must be mailed in or delivered to the Office. Failure to submit an official transcript by the deadline may result in your admission decision being delayed.

Current and Previous UCLA undergraduates: You do NOT have to submit official copies of UCLA transcripts.  You MUST, however, submit ONE unofficial copy of your UCLA transcript, which can be obtained at the Registrar’s office (Degree Progress Reports will NOT be accepted).

STEP 5: Attend a Small Group Meeting

Students who pass the initial screening will be required to attend a Small Group Meeting during the months of February or March. Small group meetings allow faculty to observe applicants in a group setting similar to a cohort classroom. You will be contacted with the dates and details of these meetings once your application is submitted. All invited applicants are expected to attend a session.

If you have applied to the Educational Leadership Program in the past three years, you may still have materials on file. If this applies to you, please contact the office to see if this is the case.

To Re-Apply (if your file is still available):

  • Complete the on-line application with the University and send payment
  • Send transcripts for any additional degrees earned or classes taken since your last application was submitted
  • Send one new letter of recommendation – must be done online
  • Write and enter a new statement of purpose online. New positions, new duties, and new leadership skills since your previous application should be emphasized.
  • Upload a current resume
  • Send GRE scores if they’ve been taken again since your last application


NOTE: if you are interested in government aid, you should file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with UCLA. To complete an application, please visit: