Our PhD doctoral program in educational administration will prepare you with the technical and theoretical skills for multiple roles, including college and university research, teaching and leadership; school district leadership; and public agency leadership. Our primary focus is on research and scholarship in educational administration and leadership, and finding new ways to integrate theory into practice. The PhD program is different from the EdD program in that the PhD emphasizes extensive preparation in research and is more focused on issues of theory as compared to an emphasis on application to practice as a leader/administrator for the EdD.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)|
|Credits required for completion||76|
|Time to completion||4 to 5+ years|
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Application deadline||Jan. 1|
Your courses will provide a breadth of understanding across the field of educational administration (e.g., instructional, managerial and political areas) and a depth of understanding within a particular area that interests you (e.g., business administration, curriculum and instructional leadership, economics and finance, organizations, personnel, school reform, staff development, urban education).
ELP 624 Research Paradigms and Problems in Educational Research
ELP 626 Educational Policy Formation and Analysis
ELP 630 Leading and Managing People in Education
ELP 677 Leading Curriculum and Instructional Improvement
You are expected to choose two cognates (with a minimum of 9 credits in each).
At least one quantitative methods course and at least one qualitative methods course with at least one advanced course in either quantitative or qualitative methods. No more than one introductory course can be taken in any particular research method.
In an effort to make the application process more equitable, the GRE/MAT is no longer required for admissions consideration for those applying to this program through the fall 2022 semester. If you still plan to take the GRE/MAT exam, you can send your scores through the testing agency, and they will automatically be added to your application; however, they are not required for admission consideration to this program.
You must hold a master's degree.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
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