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
The admissions deadline for students hoping to start the program Fall 2023 (or summer if requested) is January 15, 2023. The admissions application process is completely online. If you wish to be considered for department funding as a graduate assistant (GA or DGA), please complete the application by the stated deadline (https://wmich.edu/leadership/funding).
EDLD has permanently suspended the GRE requirement as an admission requirement. Be aware that there may be additional requirements during the admissions review to provide supplemental information about applicant's preparedness to be in a doctoral program.
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 2021)
- 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 EDLD Ph.D. students
- HSIRB online application information
- Michigan K-12 administrator certificate requirements
- 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 Ph.D. program, contact Dr. Donna Talbot.