Executive Ed.D. Application Requirements

All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system ApplyTexas. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow us time to process your information. For department requirements, visit our “How to Apply” page.

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution in education, the social sciences, or related field. 
     
  2. A statement of purpose that describes:
    • why you are interested in the Executive Ed.D. program at UT Austin;
    • how does an Executive Ed.D. support your career goals and aspirations during and after you complete your degree;
    • what type of research would you be interested in conducting for your treatise and which faculty member(s) you would like to work with; and
    • what personal experiences, achievements, and accomplishments would compel the department to evaluate your contributions to the University’s diversity mission.
       
  3. Submission of a 4-6-page writing sample (e.g., master’s thesis, published article, paper prepared for a professional conference, etc.) after you receive an acknowledgment email from the Graduate School. This email will also contain your UT EID and temporary password, as well as a link to the Online Admissions Status Check page. From this site, you will be given the opportunity to upload your essay.
     
  4. Three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to https://utdirect.utexas.edu/ogs/forms/supp_docs.WBX

    Professional: Please provide one recommendation from a recent or current direct supervisor. If you are unable to ask a recent or current direct supervisor for a recommendation, we advise you to select an indirect supervisor or a client for your recommendation. The Admissions Committee is looking for insights from an individual who has a superior knowledge of you as a professional and should speak to your work qualities and leadership potential.

    Academic: Please provide one recommendation from a faculty member. If you are unable to ask a recent or current faculty member for a recommendation, we recommend asking an advisor for a recommendation. The Admissions Committee is looking for insights from an individual who has a superior knowledge of you as a student and should speak to your qualities and academic potential.

    Employer support letter: Your employer’s support while you work towards earning your Ed.D. is important. Ideally, the person you select should be a direct supervisor who acknowledges the time, energy, and discipline it will take to complete an executive program in 30 months in written form.