Degree Program Overview

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available to students who are leaders in educational institutions.

Our executive-style doctoral program is designed to follow a cohort model in which graduate students typically begin the program as a group and complete the program together.  To accommodate working professionals, doctoral students attend  face-to-face classes one evening per week at the SHSU Woodlands Center. 

The SHSU doctoral degree in Educational Leadership prepares graduates to be scholar-practitioners and inquiry-driven leaders.  The degree requires several research courses and a dissertation (an independent research study). Upon degree completion, most of our graduates are promoted to leadership positions in schools, school districts, education service centers, and educational consulting or community organizations. Our research and theory focus also prepares graduates with the qualifications needed to apply for education-related faculty/instructor positions in community colleges and universities.

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Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Doctorate of Education (EdD)
Length 60 Credit Hours
Enrollment Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

Applications received after the deadline are considered on a space-available basis. Admission decisions for each semester are finalized approximately six weeks after the deadline and all applicants are then notified of their admission status with an email from the department of Educational Leadership.

  • Summer: March 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the program director (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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