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Doctor of Education Essays
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Intended Area of Interest:
School Leadership and Development (IAL)
Organizational Leadership and Development (CAL)
Note: This is the only option available in the
Edmonton-based program
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Directions: Complete the following prompts and return to the Graduate School either via email as a saved .pdf attachment to or as a printed document via mail to the address listed above in the right hand corner. Please be sure this
completed form is included in your email or mail. For any program specific questions, please contact Anne Rasmussen via email at or by phone at 503.943.8257.
1. Each candidate brings his or her own set of personal and professional goals to the selection of a doctoral program. What are
your goals? Provide an analysis of how those goals match the University of Portland’s Learning and Leading doctoral
program. Limit your response to no more than 500 words.
2. Discuss an area of professional interest that might become a topic of study within your doctoral program. Why is this area of
study of interest to you? What contributions might your research make to the profession? Support your discussion with
citations and references using APA style. Limit your response to no more than 1500 words.
3. The expectation of the doctoral program is a continuous commitment until program completion. Discuss how you will
accommodate the schedule and rigorous academic expectations of the program. Limit your response to no more than 500