The Doctor of Educational Leadership Program requires 63 semester hours for completion and offers Ph.D. students a choice between concentrations in PK-12 school administration or higher education administration. Both concentrations require a minimum of 21 semester hours of appropriate courses.

All Ph.D. students must complete a nine-semester hour core program during the first year of enrollment.

Formal coursework in the program is organized around the concepts of research, foundations and organizational behavior. Coursework in an academic field outside of education is also encouraged.

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  • Foundations courses: 3 hours
  • Program concentration courses: 21 hours
  • Research courses: 12 hours
  • Core: 9 hours
  • Cognate (non-concentration) courses: 9 hours
  • Dissertation: 9 hours

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Residency is completed during the first three consecutive terms (fall, spring, summer) following admission to the program; a minimum of six semester hours of coursework must be completed in each of these terms.

Comprehensive examination

In addition to completing coursework and residency requirements, students will successfully complete written examinations based on the content of their coursework and dissertation research topics.