Application Instructions

For additional application instructions, please visit http://www.gse.upenn.edu/admissions_financial/instructions or refer to the Application Instructions section in the online application. 

Application Deadlines for 2017-2018:

Spring/January 2018 Intake: Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

Summer/May 2018 Intake: Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Fall/September 2018 Intake: Application Deadline: July 1, 2018

Upload the following documents to the online application prior to submission:

  • Your résumé.Please format the document to allow us to ascertain your career progression and accomplishments; the document should not exceed four pages.
  • Essays: Applicants should answer the following two questions:
  1. In approximately 500 words describe what has led you to apply to the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program. Please address how your previous personal, professional and educational experiences have prepared you to succeed in an accelerated doctoral program and what you can bring from these experiences to the learning community.
  2. In approximately 500 words describe your most significant leadership challenge to date. (This experience should be no more than five years ago.) Describe the incident, the critical issues it presented and how you reacted. Reflect on lessons you've learned from that incident, and describe ways in which you might analyze the situation or act differently.

Arrange to have the following forwarded directly to the Graduate School of Education at the address listed below:

  • Transcripts

Admission to Penn GSE requires satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited U.S. university or its equivalent. Arrange for all academic transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended, or are currently attending, to be sent directly to Penn GSE from the issuing institution in which you have been enrolled.* Transcripts are required for all institutions attended and must contain both the course name and grade earned. We reserve the right to request transcripts for significant amounts of transfer credit reflected on the degree-granting transcript. These must be official copies, signed and sealed by the institution(s) in English. The envelopes must be sealed when they are received at Penn GSE. If you are currently enrolled in an academic institution, a final transcript will be required prior to your matriculation into a degree program.

*Applicants who have completed or are completing undergraduate and/or graduate degrees at institutions outside of the United States are required to submit an evaluation from World Education Services or AACRAO.  For admissions review purposes, evaluations must include the following:

  •  Degree(s) conferred, or currently in progress
  • Your full coursework, including grades and credits received for each class, and the periods of enrollment 

Please note that WES and AACRAO provide several types of evaluations, some of which do not include coursework information.  Please opt for the Course-by-Course evaluation offered by either agency to meet our requirements for admissions review purposes.

All transcripts should be mailed to:
Penn GSE Office of Admissions
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216

All transcripts submitted become property of Penn GSE and will not be released.

For more information pertaining to international applicants, please click here.

Two professional letters of recommendation:

  • Two letters of professional recommendation are required. One letter should come from your direct manager/supervisor and another from a prior manager, senior colleague, mentor or client.

The online application system supports the electronic submission of the letters of recommendation. Be sure to carefully read the "Agreement of Confidentiality" in the applicant's section of the form. If you are willing to relinquish your right of access to these recommendations, please make certain you indicate that, since the response of the recommender may be affected by whether or not you relinquish your right of access.

  • Your standardized test scores. The GRE is not required for admission to the program. However, the admissions committee reserves the right to request your GRE scores as additional admissions criteria. You may elect to submit scores from the exam if you have taken it within the past five years. If you submit GRE scores, they will be considered as part of your application. Scores must be reported directly to GSE by ETS using the institutional code 2943.
  • English language proficiency. All international degree applicants must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, with the exception of those who hold an undergraduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.

If you accept our offer of admission, there will be a $1,000 deposit required to hold your place in the class.

When you are ready to start the process please click on the Apply Online button on the top of this page.