Admission and Financial Aid Overview

Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations

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Start Dates

University of Dayton’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership for Organizations program offers class start dates three times per year — in January, May and September.




Application Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for the start dates listed below; admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Cohort StartEarly Priority DeadlinePriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
September 2024
April 29, 2024
May 27, 2024
June 24, 2024

Early application is strongly recommended, and the sooner you apply, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. If you apply by the priority deadline, you will receive an application fee waiver. Contact your admission counselor to find out if you are eligible for an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

Application Requirements

If you want to become an organizational leader, share your ideas and experiences, and learn from others, then our online Ed.D. program may be right for you. Ideal candidates are passionate about creating positive change and efficiency in organizations and are able to work in collaborative learning environments.

To be eligible to apply to the Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations online program, you must hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Submission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations program, you must submit the following items:

  • The online application
  • Your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one professional and one academic reference preferred)
  • The $50 application fee, if applying after the priority deadline
  • A personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

Official transcripts may be sent directly from previously attended colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. We request that you send all transcripts to:

University of Dayton 
Application Processing Center 
SEHS Online
PO Box 30096 021-002
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

To submit transcripts electronically, you may send them to

Submission of GRE standardized test scores is optional. If you wish, you may submit scores for the admission committee to consider while they evaluate your application. The admission committee reserves the right to request a GRE score from any applicant in order to make a more informed admission decision. We encourage you to speak with an admission counselor about whether a GRE score can support your candidacy.

If you are an international applicant, you must take the TOEFL exam and submit your results.

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Tuition and Financial Aid


Students enrolled in the online Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations program are charged tuition on a per-credit basis. The current rate of tuition for the program is $1,455 per credit hour. The program consists of 60 credits, however, only 51 of these credits are tuition-bearing. The total estimated cost of the program is $74,205, based on the 2023–24 cost per credit hour.


Students are required to attend two immersions (totaling three credits) to meet the requirements of the program. Students will be charged the standard per credit tuition rate and a separate immersion fee for each immersion experience. Students are also responsible for costs associated with travel lodging, and meals.

Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid programs, which include federal student loans. We encourage candidates to apply for financial aid as early as possible.

You must be registered for a minimum of three credits to qualify for financial aid on a term basis. Students who choose to take a less accelerated path toward completion of the degree should be aware that this will affect federal financial aid eligibility.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your online studies at University of Dayton, you will need to complete the following steps.

Applying for PLUS Loans

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor to evaluate your need for additional funding through sources such as a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan from the Department of Education or alternative loans from various private lenders.

  • Prior to borrowing through the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Program, or any additional private/alternative loan, you may need to review credit reports for potential issues. Contact any of the following credit bureaus for information: Experian, Equifax or TransUnion.
  • To apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete the credit application PLUS Loan request on the Federal Student Aid Website.  

When You Are Admitted

Upon admission to a University of Dayton program and successful completion of the federal requirements, you will receive an email in your University of Dayton email account directing you to Porches, which is our student portal.

  • If you are awarded and accept a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, complete the Entrance Counseling and electronically sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Federal Student Aid Website.
  • Your financial aid award package will reflect all loan eligibility, which may include a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. If you are awarded a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan and choose to accept, you must not have an adverse credit history and must complete an application and appropriate MPN for this loan. If declined for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, you can reapply with a co-signer (endorser) or appeal the denial through the Department of Education on the Federal Student Aid Website.

If you have any questions about tuition and financial aid at University of Dayton, please email us at, visit our Financial Aid FAQ page or view our Financial Aid Checklist.

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