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Graduate Programs | Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation

Graduate Admissions

Connect with an Advisor | Application Documents | After Acceptance

How to Apply

To apply to our Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation program, students must begin the process by filling out our online application and creating an account on our admissions portal. 

After creating an account, students will need to verify their login via email and save their login credentials. With this account, students can check in to the admissions portal periodically for updates on their current status.

Once an account has been set up, students will need to submit all supporting documents through the admissions portal. Before you apply, please follow our application instructions step by step.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to your advisor or to

Admissions Requirements
  1. Must hold a conferred Master’s Degree from an accredited university in a related field.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on conferred Master’s Degree.
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  4. An ability to think critically and synthesize information.
  5. Proof of English proficiency (international students).
  6. Have at least two years of documented experience working in a professional work setting.
Application Deadlines

Visit the Application Deadlines page to see a list of upcoming application deadlines and start dates.

Connect with an Advisor

Jessye Torneten at Midland University
Jessye Torneten

Program Advisor
Phone: 402-719-9545

Schedule a Virtual Meeting

Application Documents

After completing the online graduate application form, please submit the following documents to support your application for admission to the program.

  1. Official transcripts from previous academic work, including Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, and any other post-graduate credit. Note: An official transcript is printed on security paper and includes the university seal and the registrar’s signature. Official transcripts are considered “official” only when they are issued directly to the receiving party through electronic and/or mail delivery or via the Clearinghouse or the institution’s sealed envelope.
  2. Cover Letter: Please address the following prompts in your letter:
    • Describe your motivation for pursuing an EdD at Midland University.
    • Discuss how your professional history and aspirations align with pursuing an applied research program.
    • Outline your current and future research interests and summarize how these topics will support your ability to lead positive systemic change efforts within your organization or community.
    • Describe strategies you will use to balance completing a doctoral program with personal and professional responsibilities.
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing relevant work and professional experiences
  4. Two letters of recommendation detailing professional performance and ability to conduct practitioner research (one letter must be from current employer). Note: Contact information should be provided for individuals who will complete the recommendation form. An electronic form will be sent directly to identified individuals.


To help guide potential applicants, we’ve created an index of all of the frequently asked questions that would give applicants a better idea of the admissions process.

View Graduate Admissions FAQs

After Acceptance

Your $250 deposit secures your place in the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation program triggers your enrollment in your first courses and is non-refundable. This deposit is applied toward your tuition.

You can pay your deposit online or mail a check to one of the following addresses:

Midland University
11213 Davenport Street, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154

Midland University
900 N. Clarkson St.
Fremont, NE 68025

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