Doctor of Philosophy

Program of Study

  1. Foundational Core (Minimum 12 credit hours)

    Foundational core courses provide students with knowledge of the basic foundations of educational leadership, policy studies, and inquiry. The core consists of:

  2. Educational Leadership Knowledge Requirements (18 credit hours)

    Specialization core courses provide students with a knowledge of the leadership, policy and curriculum processes within educational leadership and policy studies. The courses consist of:

  3. Research Methods Core (Minimum 15 credit hours)

    Students are required to develop familiarity with epistemological and an analytical foundation of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and applications. As a result, students will take a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours of research courses to acquire both a broad understanding of inquiry required for educational leadership and policy studies and a set of specific skills relevant for their dissertation research.

    Required Research Courses (Minimum 15 credit hours)

  4. Doctoral Cognate (12 credit hours)

    The doctoral cognate allows students to acquire mastery knowledge from additional disciplines that supplement their doctoral studies. The Education Leadership & Policy Studies cognate consists of a coherent combination of twelve (12) credit hours from a field or fields outside the program. 

  5. Qualifying Examination

    Each student completes a qualifying exam at the end of coursework prior to admission to candidacy.

  6. Dissertation Hours (Minimum 6 credit hours)

    A dissertation is an extended and detailed piece of original research containing a rigorous examination of existing research literature and research methodologies. It is a structured piece of writing that develops an argument that somehow improves or extends existing research. Prior to the oral defense, the completed dissertation is read and evaluated by the dissertation advisor and members of the student’s committee.

Total Program Hours = 63 credit hours minimum

Note: There is no residency requirement for the Ph.D. program.