Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Program description

EDLD faculty

Due to the increasingly complex tasks including research and data analysis within all types of educational institutions, there is a demand for strong, transformational leaders.

Applying theory to practice is an overall theme for the Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership, 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 students complete a Ph.D. rather than adding to the number of "all-but-dissertations" (ABD's) that exist in academia.

The EDLD concentrations require a minimum of 60 graduate credits, including 12 dissertation credits. If you are a working professional and able to take two classes per semester you can complete your doctoral work, including dissertation, in about 3.5 – 4 years.


Application information

The regular admissions process has a deadline of January 15th, for students starting the program the following Fall (or summer if requested).

Please contact the EDLD PhD program coordinator, Dr. Patricia Reeves, if you have any questions about this additional deadline.  

Program information

These are applicable for existing students in all concentrations:

Please contact Dr. Patricia Reeves, the educational leadership doctoral program coordinator, if you have any questions about our high quality doctoral program.


"I would like to extend my gratitude to professors and staff at WMU. Your sophisticated intellect, unbridled dedication to the field, and seemingly unending fountain of knowledge provided inspiration and motivation throughout the course of my study. It has been a privilege and an honor to study with and learn from you." 
~ noted by Dr. Jill Van Hof within her dissertation acknowledgement page (and shared with permission).