Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

For general inquiries about the program, please contact edleadership@colled.msstate.edu.


Program Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program offers a terminal degree designed to prepare scholar-practitioners serving in P-12 leadership positions. By combining educational theory with action research, students learn how to critically examine problems and provide solutions to needs at the building and district levels. Graduates will possess the content knowledge and research skills to improve schools in the P-12 education system.

We are currently accepting applications thru March 1st, 2022 for the fall 2022 cohort.


Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a master's degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of P-12 schools, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators:

  1. grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale on previous graduate degree(s);
  2. GRE score results;
  3. letter of endorsement from superintendent and two other letters of reference;
  4. statement of purpose;
  5. administrator's license and evidence of current and continuing school administration experience;
  6. résumé; and
  7. interview

Major Required Courses 36 hours
EDA 8163 Public School Finance 3
EDA 8223 Seminar in Administration 3
EDA 8423 Law and Ethics in Educational Leadership 3
EDA 8433 The Superintendency 3
EDA 8443 Politics and Policy in Educational Leadership 3
EDA 8453 Instructional Leadership 3
EDA 8453 Technology and Communication in Educational Leadership 3
EDA 8283 Educational Leadership 3
EDA 8353 Applications of Theory to Educational Administration 3
EDA 8413 Human Resources Administration in Education 3
EDA elective 3
EDA elective 3
Concentration 21 hours
EDA 8473 Introduction to Research in Educational Leadership 3
EDA 8493 Action Research 3
EDA 8483 Survey Research 3
EDA 8563 Program Evaluation 3
EDA 8623 Doctoral Capstone 1 3
EDA 8633 Doctoral Capstone 2 3
EDA 8643 Doctoral Capstone 3 3
Total Hours 57