Doctor of Philosophy
"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
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.
- Higher education leadership
- K-12 leadership
- Organizational analysis leadership
- Workforce education and development leadership
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): https://wmich.edu/leadership/funding and https://wmich.edu/grad/fellowships-grants. If you have additional questions, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Donna Talbot.
These are applicable for existing students in all concentrations:
- New EDLD multi-year plan of courses (rev. Spring 2019)
- New EMR multi-year plan of courses (rev. Spring 2019)
- New OCL multi-year plan of courses (rev. Spring 2019)
- Graduation information
- Commonly asked questions and answers
- Comprehensive exam information
- Forms commonly used by educational leadership ph.d. students
- Michigan K-12 administrator certificate requirements
- Literature Search Resources
- Sample Educational Leadership Dissertations
- Qualtrics on-line survey account - use this link to access a free account for this on-line survey (as provided by WMU).
For questions about the PhD program, contact the interim EDLD PhD coordinator, Dr. Wanda Hadley.