Ed.D. Program Requirements
All candidates are required to:
- Complete the program’s core curriculum, which includes 20 courses totaling 60 credits
- Register for nine credits each semester and be continuously enrolled to meet the core requirements, with the exception of the first summer, which requires candidates to register for six credits
- Take the core courses offered in this curriculum; courses taken at other institutions may not be used as substitutes
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average a minimum of a 3.0 (B) or better each semester to continue in the program
To be eligible to submit the final dissertation for defense and approval, all candidates are required to:
- Complete satisfactorily all course requirements with a minimum of a 3.0 (B) or better cumulative grade point average
- Fulfill the residency requirement
- Pass the comprehensive examination
- Receive approval from their dissertation chair
Preparation for the dissertation process will start during the first semester of the program. Each semester, at least one course focusing on dissertation development is required. By the end of the second semester, candidates will select a dissertation topic. By the end of the eighth semester, candidates are expected to have completed all degree requirements including the dissertation.
To facilitate timely completion of the dissertation, each candidate will be assigned an advisor and mentor by the beginning of the second semester of study. Assuming satisfactory progress, each candidate will have a dissertation chair by the end of the second semester and a dissertation committee by the end of the fourth semester.
The dissertation committee, under the direction of the chair, will oversee the progress, content, defense, methodology, and completion of each assigned candidate’s dissertation proposal and dissertation. As the dissertation process progresses, an additional member from the teaching faculty of the College and an executive-level leader from the candidate’s career field may be added to the committee as reviewers for the proposal and dissertation defense phases.
Candidates are expected to use “applied or action research” techniques in developing their dissertation proposals. Examples of acceptable research projects include, but are not limited to: large-scale program evaluations with research-based recommendations for modification and improvement, cost efficiency and effectiveness studies, and controlled field studies.
The dissertation writing must be clear, scholarly, and follow generally accepted standards for the publication of scholarly papers. The dissertation may be a quantitative and/or qualitative study. Candidates will demonstrate:
- A thorough grasp of the relevant research
- The ability to gather, interpret, and analyze data
- An understanding of how to interpret findings
- The capacity to articulate policy implications and recommendations for action
To qualify for the Ed.D. in Executive Leadership, candidates in the program are required to:
- Complete a minimum of 90 credit hours. Up to 30 credit hours from an approved graduate degree program may be considered for transfer
- Complete the program’s core requirements comprised of a minimum of 60 credit hours, including research methodologies and the dissertation
- Pass a comprehensive exam, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation
- Satisfy the residency requirement by completing at least nine credits of core courses each semester for two consecutive semesters.
All candidates in the doctoral program are required to satisfy a residency requirement as a condition for earning the Ed.D. degree. The residency requirement is defined as completing at least nine credits of core courses each semester for two consecutive semesters. This requirement must be fulfilled before a candidate can take the comprehensive exam and within the first four semesters of study.
The comprehensive examination is an assessment of knowledge in the candidate’s area of specialization. Candidates will normally have taken the examination by the end of their fourth semester. The comprehensive examination is a written exam requiring candidates to demonstrate essential knowledge, skills, dispositions, and reasoning required for effective leadership in the key content areas of their specialization.
Candidates are permitted two opportunities to pass the comprehensive examination. A candidate who is unsuccessful after two attempts will be withdrawn from the doctoral program. In unusual circumstances, a candidate may petition the Program Director to be permitted a third opportunity to re-take the examination. To be eligible to take the comprehensive examination, candidates will be required to:
- Have a minimum of a 3.0 (B) or better grade point average with no incompletes, and to have made satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements
- Have the recommendation of their advisor
- Submit evidence satisfactory to the advisor of their ability to do research in the area of specialization
- Be registered for the term in which the exam is taken
- Register to take the preliminary examination by the established deadline
- Participation in and attendance at all classes is a critical component for successful completion of the Executive Leadership Program
- As a future executive leader, there is also an expectation that your participation, attendance, and work will reflect the care and scholarship that one would expect from someone participating in a doctoral-level program
- One missed weekend session is equivalent to being absent for 25 percent of a course, and will adversely impact a candidate’s final grade in that course. It is important, therefore, that candidates make every effort to be on time and attend every session
- If it is necessary to miss or be late to a class, candidates are required to notify the faculty member teaching the course in advance.
- Specific details of the attendance policy and requirements will be provided at the start of each course