The  Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership K-12 is the highest degree attainable. It is a terminal degree that prepares reflective practitioners and scholars who can function effectively as leaders in complex educational settings. Graduates are employed in public and private institutions at the pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and higher educational levels, as well as and in non-school settings, both public and private in nature.

After admission to the degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee headed by their advisor. Students' programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate as well as the major. The doctoral degree requires 54 credit hours, plus 30 credit hours for dissertation. 

Admission Requirements

  • Two official copies of transcripts from each college or university in which 8 semester or 12 quarter hours were earned
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • 2 letters of reference (it is preferred one letter be an academic reference)
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement (Expressing the career goals of the applicant)
  • Interview

We holistically evaluate our incoming students. For Ph.D. candidates, admission will be based on criteria such as GPA, work experience, prior leadership, professionalism and ethics, interpersonal skills, and performance during the interview. Furthermore, candidates may submit materials in addition to those required if they feel that such materials will more accurately reflect their potential to succeed within the program (e.g., Master's theses, publications).