(72 credits minimum)
The program in educational administration leading to the doctor of philosophy degree is designed to prepare selected persons for leadership roles in public school administration, college teaching and research, college and university administration, and governmental and industrial positions requiring competencies relevant to educational administration and research.
To be admitted to the program, the applicant must have held a valid teaching license, possess a master’s degree, or have completed an academic discipline of 18 credits at the graduate level.
A minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree is required in addition to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation as prescribed in the regulations of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
A student must satisfy all general regulations of the School of Education and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies as stated elsewhere in this Catalog. An additional admission criterion for the Ph.D. in Educational Administration requires the applicant to have a grade point average of 3.5 or above on all graduate work attempted. It must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program. The admissions committee must have the following materials before an admission decision will be made:
- Completed application form.
- Letters of recommendation from at least three persons who know the prospective student in a personal, and/or academic, and/or professional capacity.
- One official transcript from each school at which any undergraduate or graduate work has been done.
- Scores on Graduate Record Examinations General Tests.
- A detailed narrative highlighting the applicant’s personal and professional contributions to leadership in education. The admissions committee may require the applicant to appear for a personal interview and to present evidence of his or her ability to write acceptable prose under controlled conditions.
Admission to Candidacy
Students may apply for admission to candidacy after any provisions or conditions that may have been attached to admission to the program have been removed. Additionally, all the standards of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies must be met. Refer to that section of this Catalog for details.
An acceptable dissertation on a topic or problem relating to the student’s area of specialization is required for completion of degree requirements.
Generally, the doctor of philosophy must be completed within a total of nine years after admission to the program and within six years after admission to candidacy for the degree.