Welcome to the Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership

The Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton offers you the opportunity to specialize in P-12 School Administration or Higher Education Administration.

Our program provides the theoretical and practical background you need to excel. Whether your goal is to become an administrator in elementary and secondary education, or you choose to pursue a career as an educational researcher, consultant or professor of school administration — the University of Dayton is here to help you succeed.  We prepare you to meet the challenges of a constantly changing educational landscape by using reflective inquiry to help you ask important questions and moral inquiry to ground your decisions.

Courses of study

The Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership requires 63 semester hours for completion. 

Note: 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.

Academic requirements

  • 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

Learn more: Academic catalog >>


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.

Scholarship available

The Dr. Ellis Joseph Scholarship is available to currently enrolled Ph.D. students who have been in the program for a minimum of one academic year. The recipient must commit to write her/his dissertation in the general area of urban education.

Graduate assistantship info

Graduate assistantships are competitive, limited, and available in several departments within the School of Education and Health Sciences. Learn more: Graduate assistantships >>

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Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership

Fitz Hall 651 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2963