2014-2015 Catalog 
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2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership, Research, and Policy, PhD

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This program is designed to meet the personal and professional needs of educational leaders in school districts, higher education and non-governmental organizations through rigorous courses in leadership, research and policy. This innovative program combines challenging coursework with collaborative faculty and student participation in research labs that prepare students for successful completion of the dissertation and professional application of skills and knowledge.

The 3-year program for working professionals prepares graduates to:

  • Engage in scholarly inquiry and culturally responsive practice
  • Synthesize diverse research perspectives in facilitating educational excellence
  • Lead others in continuous improvement through implementation and evaluation
  • Communicate successfully through oral and written professional discourse


  • Sylvia Martinez, Ph.D., Department Chairperson and Assistant Professor
  • Corinne Harmon, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
  • Al Ramirez, Ed.D., Professor
  • Dick Carpenter, Ph.D., Professor
  • Marcus Winters, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Dallas Strawn, Ph.D., Senior Instructor
  • Harriet Napierkowski, Ph.D., Instructor

Application and Admissions Requirements

Please visit our website for admissions information.

Course Requirements


Candidates must be enrolled for 3 credits of Doctoral Dissertation each semester of doctoral coursework for a total of 18 credits. Candidates must be continuously enrolled in a minimum of 1 credit hour of dissertation credit per semester during completion of the dissertation. Five credits of dissertation credit must be taken during the semester of the oral defense. A total of 30 credits of Doctoral Dissertation must be earned to complete degree requirements. 

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