Doctoral Programs (Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership)

The Educational Leadership (EDL) doctoral program is designed to expand the boundaries of the educational leadership and policy field with an explicit focus on equity, culture, and diversity. Creating a diverse and inclusive community, capable of addressing complex social issues and interrogating persistent global issues, undergirds the programs in EDL. We do not believe that great minds think alike. The challenges facing us in the 21st century require diverse thinkers and educators who can work collaboratively, creatively, and with integrity to positively impact schooling and affect social change. That diversity extends to identities beyond just race, ethnicity, and gender to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, life experiences, religion, and political and ideological perspectives.

Instruction recognizes and incorporates the principles of adult learning with courses, seminars, and other educational experiences featuring reflection, group, discussion, simulations, problem solving, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and theory from a variety of disciplines (e.g. anthropology, sociology) as well as leadership and policy studies.

The Educational Leadership doctoral program offers interdisciplinary doctoral programs with concentrations that support students in attaining administrative positions in educational institutions, policymaking positions at the district, state, and national levels, and faculty positions in higher education settings. The Ed.D. offers an established set of courses and the Ph.D. offers additional concentrations in policy, critical theory, and community relations.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 for graduate work
  • Current acceptable GRE score 

Course Requirements for the Ed.D. Program:

A minimum of 63 units is required to complete the program. Up to 12 units may be approved for transfer to meet core requirements.

Core 24 units
Research Methods 9 units
Dissertation 18 units
Minor Program 12-15 units
Total 63 units

Course Requirements for the Ph.D. Program:
A minimum of 72 units is required to complete the program.

Cohort Core 12 units
Electives/Theory 12 units
Research Methods 12-15 units
Dissertation 18 units
Independent study  1-3 units
Minor Program 9-12 units

72 units

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February 1, 2019 is the priority deadline for applications for fall, 2019. Applications that are complete and submitted by this date will receive top priority for admission and available funding. We will continue to accept applications until June 30, 2019.