EdD Application Advice: Q&A with Concordia’s Director of Online Admissions
So you’ve decided to take the next step in advancing your career by applying to Concordia’s doctoral program. That’s great! Concordia has helped many education professionals build credibility through their research and become more effective leaders.
While preparing your application, some questions might come up. Luckily, we have answers. We sat down with Mariana Toscano, Concordia’s Director of Online Admissions, to ask her some common application questions. She provided us with helpful tips and advice to help you through this process.
What do you look for when reviewing an EdD application?
First and foremost, follow the prompts. We outline exactly what we are looking for in an application. Read through them carefully, and make sure what you submit matches the criteria. Keep your materials neat and tidy. The EdD program is a rigorous course of study and we have high standards. We want your work, including your application, to be of the highest quality you can provide.
What characteristics make a good Letter of Intent?
As Director of Online Admissions, I sometimes read Letters of Intent. However, the EdD Committee is the group that reviews application materials in detail and makes admission decisions. They want to see two pages of well-written, clear, and concise writing.
Why are you looking at Concordia University-Portland for your EdD? What about Concordia appeals to you, and why would you be a good addition to our program?
The committee reviews many applications, hence the two-page limit. Your ability to clearly and concisely answer the questions within the parameters will be telling.
What are some common mistakes you see in EdD applications?
The biggest mistake I see is that applicants submit scholarly or professional writing samples that do not meet the criteria. The writing sample should be “approximately 5-10 pages, demonstrate effective writing in terms of organization and flow, and reflect your ability to analyze and synthesize information to support your position or findings.” Unfortunately, a number of applicants submit samples that do not meet these criteria, which is not a good way to show the committee that you will be a successful doctoral candidate.
Additionally, we want to see an example of your work. We aren’t looking for a group paper that you helped write. We aren’t interested in someone else’s work. We want you to submit your own work.
What are some common misconceptions about applying to an EdD program?
The EdD program is a rigorous program of study, and it is not a master’s degree. It seems that students often feel it will be the same as their master’s program when the expectations for work are actually much higher.
Writing is also crucial at the doctoral level, and you are expected to know how to write well before you enter the program. While your writing will most likely improve throughout the program, there isn’t time to teach students the basics of academic writing while in the program. We review your writing in the application by analyzing both your writing sample and your Letter of Intent. So make sure to put your best foot forward.