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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies EdD, PhD

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is not accepting new students at this time.

The Department of Educational Leadership (DEL) assumes a leading role locally, nationally, and internationally in preparing a new generation of transformative educational leaders and policy analysts committed to the pursuit of scholarship and serving those most in need. 

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is distinctive and unique because it:

  • combines different fields of study and disciplines. 
  • draws on highly qualified, interdisciplinary faculty and staff.
  • creates the opportunity for stronger partnerships and collaborations.
  • blends theory and and calls for the development of innovative pedagogies.
  • enables deeper reflection about educational achievement in environments that are dynamic, diverse, democratic and socially just.

Upon entering the program, students become part of a cohort who work together for the duration of the program. This model helps to encourage a more dynamic, supportive and collaborative learning environment.

The EdD path prepares reflective practitioners with the leadership and management skills necessary to transform educational institutions and improve student learning in a variety of school environments.

The PhD path is designed for those who wish to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to analyze policy about PreK-12, postsecondar, and adult learning environments.

Degree requirements

  • Complete 82 credits of study (includes courses, colloquia, seminars and thesis)
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Pass the written and oral comprehensive examination
  • Successfully defending a final dissertation
Michael Savaria, 2017 Graduate Commencement Student Speaker
Michael Savaria, PhD '17

Advocate for equal education opportunities

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
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Students are admitted to the doctoral program based on an analysis of a comprehensive set of measures used to determine their readiness for advanced graduate studies, motivation to succeed in the program, and potential to contribute as a reflective practitioner/scholar. 

  • Bachelor or Master’s (preferred) with a GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).  
  • 2 years of teaching and/or administrative experience in an educational institution.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • A personal statement describing motivation, research and teaching interests, career goals, work and academic experiences. 
  • At least one academic or professional writing sample.
  • Submit documentation that may demonstrate their potential to succeed in the program.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation.
  • TOEFL with a minimum of 600 (PBT), or 250 (CBT); or the IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no individual band below a 6.0 (International applicants).

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