PhD in Education Leadership

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The PhD in Education Leadership program will prepare you to understand the implications of education policy and practice. You will pursue scholarship as it relates to education reform, educational inequality, comparative education, and research methods. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 years on average
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall term
  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Course Requirements: 90 credits
  • Application Requirements: GRE exam is not required

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Program Details

The PhD program in Education Leadership will prepare you to understand the context of education systems from a policy and comparative education standpoint. You will complete courses in the department core, specialization area, research methodology, supporting field, supervised research, and your dissertation. 

Milestones in the program include your preliminary evaluation, pre-dissertation research project, comprehensive exam, dissertation overview, and dissertation defense. 


Degree Requirements

The plan of studies can be found in Appendix B of the PhD Handbook for Administrative and Policy Studies

Education Leadership students will follow the plan of studies for Social and Comparative Education Studies, with an emphasis on leadership courses in order to fulfill the specialization credits. 


There are no specific prerequisites for this degree/certification, but interested students should verify that they fulfill the admissions requirements.

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Career Pathways

The PhD in Education Leadership provides varied opportunities for you to build knowledge and expertise. 

Our graduates have taken on various roles of leadership in their chosen fields or specializations, such as faculty members in higher education and researchers in policy settings.