Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Admission Requirements

The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work; as such, candidates for admission to the doctoral programs are evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Grade point average from all previous graduate work (minimum of 3.5 required)
  3. Professional resume
  4. Educational leadership essay
  5. Statement of professional goals
  6. Writing sample
  7. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  8. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  9. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.
  10. All PK-12 applicants are required to have a teaching credential, three years of teaching experience, and administrative experience in PK-12 environments.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Educational Leadership Department.

The Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership is designed for students preparing for positions in which research and creative experience are predominant interests. Ph.D. candidates are expected to have undertaken and completed independent research leading to an original contribution of knowledge in the field. It is generally expected that the Ph.D. dissertation will be publishable. This degree option typically provides preparation for those who aspire to leadership positions in higher education, in government agencies, or in other educational policy organizations.

  1. A minimum of 90 semester credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
  2. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
  3. Completion of a dissertation, which incorporates independent work that is an original contribution to knowledge.
  4. With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. Successful completion of comprehensive examinations in Educational Leadership and Educational Research.
  6. Successful completion of a final examination.
Educational Leadership Core Courses *
For PK-12 emphasis:
EDL 501Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
EDL 511Effective Administrative Communications3
EDL 513Leading Curriculum and Learning3
EDL 514Supervision and Staff Development3
EDL 515Education Law and Ethics3
EDL 516Education Finance and Policy3
Doctoral Core Courses
EDL 503Seminar Educational Leadership1-4
EDL 572Educational Systems and Planning2
EDL 573Administration and Organizational Behavior 3
EDL 575Education and Public Policy3
EDL 579Special Topics in Educational Leadership12
Educational Leadership PK-12
EDL 523The Educational Plant3
EDL 524Educational Personnel Administration2
EDL 526Business Management in Education2
EDL 527Legal Issues in Education3
EDL 529Special Education Law3
EDL 531School District Leadership2
EDL 532Staff and Program Evaluation2
EDL 571School Community Relations2
Foundations of Education
EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
Select one of the following:3
Psychological Foundations of Education
Issues and Trends in Education
Historical Foundations of Education
Philosophical Foundations of Education
Sociological Foundations of Education
Multicultural Education
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Anthropological Foundations of Education
Cognate Area(s)
One or two cognate areas or one minor area outside Educational Leadership and often outside the field of Education to support the area of emphasis.12-24
Scholarly Tools
Select from approved courses that provide the scholarly tools to support educational research ***9
EDL 593Internship in Educational Leadership ****1-8
EDL 999Dissertation12
Total Credits98-120