Ph.D Program Description

Ph.D Program Description

Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)

GraduatesDue to the increasingly complex tasks including research and data analysis within all types of educational institutions, there is a demand for strong, transformational leaders. To meet this demand WMU offers the following concentrations:

  • K-12
  • Higher Education
  • Career Technical Education
  • Organizational Analysis.

Applying theory to practice is an overall theme, 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 such students complete a Ph.D., rather than adding to the number of ABDs (All-But-Dissertations).

The concentrations involve a minimum of 90 graduate credits. Most, if not all of your previous graduate credits earned may be applied toward this total, leaving you with a completed master’s degree with a total of about 54-57 credits (including 12 dissertation credits). If you are a working professional, able to take two classes per semester, you can complete your doctoral work (including dissertation) in about three and a half years.


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5283 USA
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