2015-2016 Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2015-2016 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 Chair, and Associate Professor with Tenure
  • Dick Carpenter, Ph.D., Professor
  • Corinne Harmon, Ed.D., Lecturer
  • Tacy Killingsworth, M.A., Instructor
  • Al Ramirez, Ed.D., Professor
  • Margaret Scott, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
  • Dallas Strawn, Ph.D., Senior Instructor
  • Marcus Winters, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Patricia Witkowsky, Ph.D., Instructor, SAHE Program Coordinator

Application and Admissions Process

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Course Requirements

Dissertation Credits

Candidates must be enrolled for 3 credits of Doctoral Dissertation each semester of doctoral coursework. 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. No more than 10 dissertation credits can be taken in any one semester. A total of 30 credits of Doctoral Dissertation must be earned to complete degree requirements. 

See our Ph.D. Student Handbook for detailed information on dissertation guidelines.

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