Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy

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"I would like to extend my gratitude to professors and staff at WMU. Your sophisticated intellect, unbridled dedication to the field, and seemingly unending fountain of knowledge provided inspiration and motivation throughout the course of my study. It has been a privilege and an honor to study with and learn from you."Dr. Jill Van Hof

Program description

Due to the increasingly complex tasks including research and data analysis within all types of educational institutions, there is a demand for strong, transformational leaders.

Applying theory to practice is an overall theme for the Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership, with the case-study approach to learning used extensively. In addition, a very integrated "professional inquiry, research, and dissertation core" has been developed to assist you in adding to your higher education knowledge base, and to ensure that students complete a Ph.D. rather than adding to the number of "all-but-dissertations" (ABD's) that exist in academia.

The EDLD concentrations require a minimum of 60 graduate credits, including 12 dissertation credits. If you are a working professional and able to take two classes per semester you can complete your doctoral work, including dissertation, in about 3.5 – 4 years.


Application information

Given some of the challenges presented by COVID-19, the regular admissions process for 2020-21 has a later deadline than usual, January 25th, for students starting the program the following Fall (or summer if requested); only students applying during this regular admissions application cycle (with a January 25th deadline) can be considered for funding opportunities.

To be considered for Fall 2021 admissions, all application materials must be received by January 25. 

Due to COVID-19 challenges, the GRE requirement temporarily suspended for all EDLD Ph.D. applicants for 2020-21 and 2021-22. 

Please review the following web pages for information about graduate/doctoral assistantships (GA): and If you have additional questions, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Donna Talbot.

Program information

These are applicable for existing students in all concentrations:

For questions about the Ph.D. program, contact the interim EDLD Ph.D. coordinator, Dr. Wanda Hadley.

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