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Leadership Ph.D. & Ed.D.

Ph.D. Education: Leadership in Education 

The Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell emphasizes the generation, critical evaluation and application of knowledge in the field of Leadership PK-Higher Education. The Ph.D. (requiring the highest level of research and content expertise) is recognized as the terminal degree for persons pursing a future career in research universities and other policy and research organizations. Students admitted to this degree may study on a part-time or full-time basis (there is a limited number of Teaching and Research Assistantships available for suitably qualified full-time students). The program requires 60 credits of study beyond the master's degree. There is no residency requirement for part-time students.

A description of the degree, together with admission requirements may be found in the Ph.D. Leadership in Education Handbook (pdf).

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Apply for the program online through the office of Graduate Admissions.

Questions about the Ph.D. should be sent to the doctoral coordinator via email:

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) logo. In the history of the debate over the purpose and goals of the EdD, never has any scholar or academic group attempted to take action to reclaim the EdD with the goal of making it the degree of choice for professional practice preparation in education. CPED and its consortium members are committed to working together to undertake a critical examination of the work done to date, as well as future efforts, and intend to be the leaders in the effort to the redesign of the doctorate in education.

Ed.D. Leadership in Schooling 

The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. degree is designed to enhance a candidate's skills both as a researcher and as an instructional leader of PK-12 programs. An Ed.D. in Leadership in Schooling empowers the individual to improve leadership, teaching and learning, and to explore innovative solutions to educational problems. Students who enter this doctoral program will soon find that our emphasis on research and its application to practice will assist them in forming and investigating questions that are of personal, community, national, and international interest.

Cohort Model

The Ed.D. requires 42 credits of study beyond the master's, Ed.S. or CAGS. All courses are fully online. Candidates are admitted in the summer to their cohort and are expected to take 2 courses each semester, summer, fall and spring. Additionally, candidates must attend a one-week, summer residency each year they are in the program. It is possible to complete coursework and dissertation in three years if this path is followed. The residency sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday during the second full week of July (please check the dates with program faculty before making summer commitments). A fee is charged for the residency.

***Now accepting applications for Summer 2019

Current Students (Admitted prior to summer 2016)

For current students completing the program requires 48 credits of study - see program of study (pdf) in the UMass Lowell Graduate online Catalog, there is no residency requirement and courses are offered on campus.

Admission requirements for the Ed.D.

Each applicant must have a master of education degree or master's degree in a field relevant to PK-12 education that prepares him/her for advanced study. Additionally, applicants should be currently working in a PK-12 school and have three years experience as a teacher and/or as an instructional leader. Applicants should be interested in research into and the role of leaders in schools. Candidates who do not meet these requirements should speak with the Graduate Coordinator before submitting an application.

  • Submit an online application and fee through the office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A two-page admission essay explaining your experience in PK-12 education and your reasons for wishing to enter doctoral study
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts

Questions about the Ed.D. should be sent to the doctoral coordinator

Doctoral faculty for both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs, are committed to the creation of a supportive environment for doctoral study. Seminars are held throughout each semester to discuss research, policy issues related to preparing the dissertation, and for candidates to present their work to their peers for feedback. These seminars are highly valued by students, as they ensure program cohesion for students while they explore their individual research interests.

Doctoral students participate in the annual colloquium held at the School of Education. Many graduate students have also presented papers at regional and local conferences.

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Program Faculty