Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)

Ready to serve and lead?

Our Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership 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.

If you choose to specialize in PreK-12 School Administration, you may opt to take additional courses to meet the requirements for a principal's license and a superintendent's license.

If you choose to specialize in Higher Education Administration, we offer a seven-course sequence probing the important literature, concepts and practices in higher education.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation (not more than three years old); one letter should be from a faculty member about an applicant’s academic ability.
  • Official results from the GRE within the past five years. Results must be submitted directly from the Education Testing Service to the Office of Graduate Admissions Processing. Applicants must achieve a score of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and a 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections. Those who have taken the GRE within the last five years can have their current scores forwarded directly from the testing agency.
  • A 500-750 word essay stating why your personal goals (including your concentration of interest) are congruent with the objectives of the Ph.D. program, as stated in our mission statement.
  • A current resume.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Applicants for admission to the doctoral program must have attained a 3.25 GPA in a master's degree program.

Additional Information

Admission is on a rolling basis and closes when 20 applicants have been accepted and formally declared their intent to enter the program. Candidates who fulfill the requirements listed above will be invited to campus for an interview with the coordinator of the appropriate area of concentration and may be expected to submit a copy of a thesis or a major research paper for review by the interviewing faculty.

Preference in admission will be given to those applicants who have a demonstrated history of educational leadership and who have career goals consistent with the expectations of the University of Dayton doctoral program.

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