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Doctoral Application

All applications for doctoral admissions are submitted through GradCAS and processed through our admissions office.

Take the first step to complete your Ed.D. in Leading Innovative Diverse Organizations (LIDO) by reviewing the admission requirements and application process thoroughly to help ensure your application is complete and processed expeditiously.

Application Deadline and Start Date

Application deadline: June 15. The EdD program has a summer start.

We accept applications year-round and welcome all qualified applicants to apply. You will need to meet specific educational standards and personal qualifications for consideration of your application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher in most recent degree.
  • Master's degree in any field from an institution of higher education accredited by a TUC approved institutional accrediting body. See Institutional Accreditation Requirement on GSOE admissions page.
  • This program is open to candidates who have established residency within the State of California prior to the first day of class. Residents of other States are currently not eligible for this program.
  • Qualified applicants who permanently reside in the United States at the time of application, inclusive of DACA recipients, may apply and matriculate at Touro University California. Currently, TUC does not accept international students. All foreign transcripts must be professionally evaluated by an approved agency. See Graduates of Foreign Institutions information on GSOE admissions page.
  • Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is limited to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents. All others are strongly encouraged to explore financing options before applying.

Application Requirements and Process

  1. Apply online through the GradCAS.
  2. In addition to basic biographical information, you will need the following items to submit this application.
    • List of all schools you have attended, including dates of attendance and any degrees you've earned
    • Current resume/curriculum vitae
    • Names and contact information of three persons who will provide recommendations
    • Short essay (accessible within the application)

Standardized testing scores are not required.

Within GradCAS you will be prompted to:

  • Select the term for which you will be applying  
  • Click on Apply
  • Create an account or log in to your existing account 
  • After creating an account/logging in
    • Click on Add Program
    • Search for Touro University
    • Select Leading Innovative Diverse Organizations
  • Click on the My Application tab, then work through the four sections of the application
    • Personal Information
    • Academic History
    • Supporting Information
    • Program Materials 
  • Writing Sample (Essay) and Resume/Vita: Within the GradCAS application, you will be provided an essay prompt and you will be required to upload a copy of your resume or vita.
  • Click on the Submit Application tab and follow the instructions to submit your application

Required Transcripts

Applicants are required to list all schools attended within the academic history section of the application and official transcripts will be required from each school. Official transcripts are sent directly to GradCAS and should not be sent to Touro University California unless directed to do so.  Instructions for submitting transcripts to GradCAS may be found by visiting the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from someone who knows your academic performance at a higher education institution you attended. The remaining two letters should be from a supervisor, colleague, or other professional who can speak to your experience in a professional capacity working with clients, students, adults, or others in schools, agencies, or in the community. Letters from family members are not accepted. Letters are submitted via your GradCAS application.

Transfer Credit

The LIDO program may consider limited transfer credit. To verify eligibility of transfer credit, please contact Dr. Pamela Redmond (predmond@touro.edu, 707-638-5452).

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

We accept advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. General Chemistry - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Chem 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.

Citizenship Requirement

Individuals who have met all application requirements and permanently reside in the United States at the time of application, inclusive of DACA recipients, are permitted to apply and matriculate at Touro University California. Currently, TUC does not accept international students.

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is limited to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents. Candidates applying without US Citizenship or Permanent Residency are strongly encouraged to explore financing options before proceeding with the application process. Additional information may be viewed by visiting the Eligibility Requirements on the Financial Aid page.

Application Review

Representatives of the Admissions Committee review the applications of all candidates who submit all required materials prior to the posted deadline to determine whether or not they should be invited to interview. If invited, candidates attend a virtual/Zoom interview with members of the admissions committee. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to academic performance, professional experience, and fit-to-mission. Final decisions are released to each applicant through the Office of Admissions.

Background Checks

Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check before and/or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude licensure and/or practice in the profession may impact their ability to begin or continue their education at the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance.

Multiple Deposit Policy

Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro University System (TU). TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TU programs will be given until April 15th (for summer starts) or June 1st (for fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TU programs to which they have deposited. TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for summer starts) or June 1st (for fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TU program(s) to which they have deposited.


Dr. Pamela Redmond
Chair, Innovation in Learning and Leadership

Cecilia Del Toro
University Recruiter and Outreach Specialist, Graduate School of Education

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