Letter of intent

Writing an informative and interesting letter of intent is an important step toward completing your application for admission. The letter of intent cites evidence of why you should be admitted to the doctoral program.

Please address your letter of intent to the director of doctoral studies. The letter needs to be between 500 and 750 words long and should be free of spelling, grammatical, or other errors. Please check carefully.

The letter of intent should include the following:

  • The reasons why you want to earn a doctorate degree
  • The reasons why you are choosing Concordia University-Portland
  • A description of your commitment to degree completion
  • A description of your plan to ensure you have the time and resources to be successful

Be sure to include the full program name including the concentration you wish to pursue:

  • Doctorate of Education: Administrative Leadership
  • Doctorate of Education: Higher Education
  • Doctorate of Education: Instructional Leadership
  • Doctorate of Education: Professional Leadership, Inquiry, & Transformation
  • Doctorate of Education: Transformational Leadership

Scholarly writing sample

Submit an example of original, scholarly writing from graduate-level work that demonstrates your best scholarly or professional writing. The sample should be approximately 5-10 pages, should demonstrate effective writing in terms of organization and flow, and reflect your ability to analyze and synthesize information to support your position or findings. Writing submissions are regularly checked for plagiarism. Please note on the cover page of your original scholarly writing sample the following affirmation.

I certify that I am the sole author of this paper and that any assistance I received in its preparation is fully acknowledged and disclosed in the paper. I have also cited any sources from which I used data, ideas, or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased. 

We encourage you to carefully proofread your original scholarly writing example for grammatical, citation, spelling, and formatting errors before submitting it for review.

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