Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

Both the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies require a master’s degree from an accredited institution or 30 graduate semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree from an accredited graduate school with no grade lower than ‘B’ and a graduate GPA of at least 3.50. In addition, an Autobiographical Statement to include career/academic goals and research interests (1000–1500 words), three recommendations (two professional and one academic), and an interview may be required.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (EPS), with provisions for educational leadership, including special education administration, is designed for a person who is anticipating an academic career or in an area of practice which demands theoretical research expertise; who is interested in theory and conceptual analysis; and is interested in research which has potential for advancing education theory and practice.

The general requirements for the degrees are stated under Doctoral Degrees. In addition, all students must complete at least a fifteen-credit sequence in the major. Specific requirements for the major are determined in consultation with the assigned advisor. A minimum six credits is required in doctoral seminars for non-majors.

Research Techniques:  At least 15 semester hours in research techniques are required from the following:

EPS 8180 (4 crs.) Research Seminar (required)

EER 7630 (3 crs.) Fundamentals of Statistics

EER 7640 (3 crs.) Fundamentals of Quantitative Research

EER 7650 (3 crs.) Computer Use in Research.

EER 7870 (3 crs.) Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

EER 8820 (3 crs.) Multivariate Analysis

EER 8800 (3 crs.) Variance and Covariance Analysis

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees.