Ph-D- Degree Requirements

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

There are three distinct program specializations in the Ph.D. program:

  • K-12 Leadership

  • Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education

  • Educational Policy

Content areas include organizational theory, politics of education, legal aspects of administration, economics and financing of education, educational planning and program evaluation, supervision of instruction, higher education, vocational-technical education, special education, pupil personnel services, community education, and education policy.

Ph.D. Program Requirements

Examinations - Qualifying Exam, Preliminary Exam, Final Oral Exam

Minimum Standards and Progress Towards Degree


Ph.D. admissions is considered once a year with an application deadline of December 1 for admission in summer or fall of the following year.  Ph.D. students are not admitted for spring semesters. 

See the department's general admission requirements.

See other available downloadable forms to facilitate the process.

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