Skip to Search Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Leadership

Graduate School of Education and Human Development - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Leadership

Date Program Established - 7/20/1998

For specific information about this Degree Program go to:

1 Number of Degrees Per Year 8.0 (average, 2009-2011)
2 Graduation Rates 64%
3 Average Time to Degree 5 Years (average, 2009-2011)
4 Graduate Employment Profile (one year after graduation)
Academic Year # % Employed % Still Seeking % Unknown
2008-2009 10 100% 0% 0%
2009-2010 4 100% 0% 0%
2010-2011 9 100% 0% 0%
5 Admissions Criteria

Applications are screened by the doctoral program faculty or a representative selection committee thereof. Applicants must meet or, as applicable, submit information related to the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • a master’s degree in education or other appropriate field;
  • a grade point average of 3.5 or better out of a possible 4.0 in a master’s degree program;
  • submission of an official score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • for applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version);
  • demonstrated experience in a work environment where education is the primary professional emphasis (e.g., teaching, administration, curriculum development in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, governmental, or private industry settings);
  • three letters of recommendation from those who have supervised the applicant in an academic, employment, or community service capacity; letters should comment on the applicant’s intellectual ability, discipline, creativity, sensitivity to others, and cite examples of leadership and scholarly potential; at least one letter should come from a university professor familiar with the applicant’s academic work; and
  • a statement of purpose outlining, at a minimum, (1) the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership, (2) a biographical sketch of the applicant’s experiences relevant to the field of education, (3) career plans, (4) scholarly interests, and (5) views on and roles in current and future educational reform efforts.

Qualified applicants may be required to interview as part of the admissions process. Interviews are conducted by the Doctoral Program Committee or a subcommittee thereof. As part of the interview process, students may be asked to produce an extemporaneous writing sample. The number of students admitted to this program may be limited.

For more details, see

6 Percentage Full-time Students (FTS) with Financial Support 6 (75%)
7 Average Financial Support Provided $10,774
8 Student‐Core Faculty Ratio 2.91
9 Core Faculty Publications
Academic Year Number of Publications
2008-2009 45
2009-2010 73
2010-2011 56
10 Core Faculty External Grants
Average Faculty Receiving Funds 2
Grant Value Per Faculty $2,290
Total Grant Value Per Program Per Year $43,516
11 Percentage Full-Time Students 19%
12 Number of Core Faculty 19
13 Faculty Teaching Load 11.4
14 Faculty Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female
White 5 3
Black 2 0
Hispanic 3 5
Other 1 0
Total 11 8
15 Student Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female Total
White 13 23 36
Black 1 4 5
Hispanic 13 23 36
Other 2 2 4
Total 29 52 81
16 Date of Last External Review May 2005
17 External Program Accreditation
18 Student Publications/Presentations
Academic Year Number of Publications/Presentations
2008-2009 10
2009-2010 11
2010-2011 20