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 Shan Boggs ( or (

**Application deadline each year is Feb 1 for a Fall entry**  To apply for 2021 visit: 

Incomplete or late applications will NOT be reviewed.

(PDF for 2021 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.
STEP 1: Start the Graduate Admissions Application on-line from the Graduate Division website: (
Note: Please be sure to select Educational Leadership Program as Academic Program.
STEP 2: The following items must be uploaded in each corresponding part of the application:
  • Transcripts (If recommended for admittance, we will need an official transcript. See Step 4) These are only from any institution where you earned a degree or where one is in progress. We do not need any community college transcripts.
  • GSEIS-Specific Statement of Purpose, which is uploaded (3-5 pages, double spaced, 12-pt. font). Please describe (1) your professional objectives, (2) how ELP can help you to 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)
  • UCLA Graduate Council Statement of Purpose, which is uploaded (500 words-1 page, single spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font). Address elements most relevant to your candidacy:
  • What is your purpose in applying for graduate study in your specified degree program? Describe your area(s) of interest, including any sub-field(s) or interdisciplinary interests.
  • What experiences have prepared you for advanced study or research in this degree program? What relevant skills have you gained from these experiences? Have your experiences led to specific or tangible outcomes that would support your potential to contribute to this field (examples: performances, publications, presentations, awards or recognition)?
  • What additional information about your past experience may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA? For example, you may wish to describe research, employment, teaching, service, artistic or international experiences through which you have developed skills in leadership, communication, project management, teamwork, or other areas.
  • Why is the UCLA graduate program to which you are applying is the best place for you to pursue your academic goals? If you are applying for a research master’s or doctoral program, we encourage you to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors.
  • What are your plans for your career after earning this degree?
  • Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement of Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession?
  • Describe challenge(s) or barriers that you have faced in your pursuit of higher education. What motivated you to persist, and how did you overcome them? What is the evidence of your persistence, progress or success?
  • How have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education?
  • How have you been actively engaged (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs or activities focused on increasing participation by groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education?
  • How do you intend to engage in scholarly discourse, research, teaching, creative efforts, and/or community engagement during your graduate program that have the potential to advance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?
  • How do you see yourself contributing to diversity in your profession after you earn your advanced degree at UCLA?
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is now optional. If you have taken the GRE you may have your score report from the Educational Testing Service sent electronically to UCLA. (Or you may choose to upload the score report you received in the Supporting Documents upload section or self-report.)
    UCLA’s institution code for this exam is 4837, and the department code is 3003—Educational Leadership. All prospective students to the Educational Leadership Program should take the GRE exam by January 15th.  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.
STEP 3: THREE letters of recommendation – done via online access.

The website will lead you through directions.  You can enter names and emails prior to your application submission. You will submit three names and respective email addresses of your recommenders. One recommendation must be from a recent or current supervisor. These individuals will then be notified to complete the recommendation online.  You will be able to ascertain via the Internet who has completed the recommendation and when.  All recommendations must be submitted by the established deadline in order to be considered. Recommendations are completed and submitted online.

STEP 4: You may upload a copy of your official transcript to your online application. If recommended for admittance, an official electronic copy of your transcript should be ordered and sent from the institution to Shan Boggs ( for verification and then certification. Because of COVID19, we are working remotely and are not on the UCLA campus.

  • One official transcript from each institution an undergraduate bachelor’s degree or graduate degree was earned or is in progress is required once you are selected and recommended for admittance.

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 via

STEP 5: Pay the Application Fee
  • Application Fee will be paid when you are ready to submit your application. The nonrefundable application fee ($120.00 for U.S. citizens, AB540 and Permanent Residents; F1 status applicants are not eligible to apply) can be paid by credit card only (MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). 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 an application can be processed.


STEP 6: Attend a Small Group Meeting (during non-COVID)

Students who pass the initial screening will be required to participate in an online 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 by the ELP administration with the dates and details of these meetings. All invited applicants are expected to attend a session.


If you have applied to the Educational Leadership Program in 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 submit 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 and complete the University’s separate Graduate Council statement (if asked to select a faculty member you would like to work with choose someone of interest from the Directory here: )
  • Upload a current resume
  • GRE scores are now optional. If you have taken the GRE before, we accept scores from all years and the suggested range is 307 and above for Qualitative and Quantitative combined; 4.0 and above for Analytical Writing score. Contact Shan Boggs if you have questions: (

NOTE: if you are interested in government aid, you must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the posted deadline.  To complete an application, please visit:

ADDITIONAL NOTE: During the program, you must be fully employed.