2019-2020 Catalog 
    Mar 04, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy, PhD

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

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

  • Engage in scholarly inquiry and promote equitable and culturally competent educational practices
  • Synthesize diverse research perspectives in facilitating educational excellence
  • Lead others in continuous improvement from the implementation to evaluation stage
  • Communicate successfully through oral and written professional discourse

Application and Admissions Process

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Course Requirements

Dissertation Credits

During coursework, students complete 15 dissertation credits under the guidance of their assigned advisor. Following coursework, students must be continuously enrolled with a minimum of one dissertation credit hour per semester (excluding summer) during completion of the dissertation under the direction of their dissertation chair. A total of 30 hours of dissertation credit is required for program completion. 

See the PhD Student Handbook for detailed information on dissertation guidelines.