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Educational Policy and Administration Ed.D.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • This graduate program is now offered through Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development. See for more information.
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 58
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. Our research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe. Students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs choose from one of five complementary but distinct program tracks: educational administration (EdAd), evaluation studies (ES), higher education (HiEd), and comparative and international development education (CIDE), and work and human resource education (WHRE). Our undergraduate programs focus on human resource development and business and marketing education. In addition, the department offers a variety of programs for practicing professionals and various licensure programs.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A master's degree is required. The preferred graduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must submit scores from the General Test of the GRE, two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential, a complete set of official transcripts (sent directly from institution[s] to the Graduate School), a current résumé, and three brief essays (personal statement, educational issue of interest, career goals). International students must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Applicants to the international cohorts should have at least three years of experience in international education.
Special Application Requirements:
New cohorts for the Ed.D. are not started every year. Potential applicants are encouraged to check with the department before applying.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
34 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
12 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The doctor of education (Ed.D.) is a professionally oriented degree program for those who will provide leadership in educational institutions. The program emphasizes breadth of preparation in educational policy and administration and in related fields. Through courses, seminars, and independent study, students learn to apply the products of disciplined inquiry to educational policy issues and practical situations in educational environments. The Ed.D. is offered in two areas of educational policy and administration: educational administration (pre-K-12 schools) and higher education. Cohorts include those in the metropolitan area, out state Minnesota, and international schools. The Ed.D. degree is offered only in the context of cohort programs of 20-30 students each. All Ed.D. cohort programs include department core courses, program core courses, inquiry and research courses, supporting program or minor, and field research project credits. Within the overall framework (some credits may be brought in from previous graduate work), specific course requirements are developed for each program area and cohort. See the department website for requirements in specific cohorts. Preliminary written and oral exams are required. Students must complete a professional field project that contributes to the improvement of educational policy or practice.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Educational Administration
Domestic cohort: Students in the domestic Ed.D. cohort take 38 credits of new coursework, transfer 14 credits from a master's degree or previous graduate work (with consultation and upon adviser approval), and conduct an individual research‐based, applied thesis project (12 cr). International cohort: Students in the international Ed.D. cohort take 42-45 credits of new coursework, transfer 18 credits from a master's degree or previous graduate work (with consultation and upon adviser approval), and conduct an individual research-based, applied thesis project (12 cr).
Higher Education
Domestic cohort: The 65 credits (minimum) of coursework for the Ed.D. cohort program in higher education consists of 41 new semester credits distributed among courses in higher education and research methodology; 12 credits in a supporting program (coursework taken in areas outside OLPD); and 12 thesis credits, associated with the completion of the doctoral research project. Students are permitted to transfer up to 12 credits of previously completed graduate-level coursework in education or related areas, subject to the approval of their faculty adviser and the director of graduate studies. These credits may be applied to the coursework listed above. International cohort: Students in the International Ed.D. cohort take 42-45 credits of new coursework, transfer 18 credits from a master's degree or previous graduate work (with consultation and upon adviser approval) , and conduct an individual research-based, applied thesis project (12 cr).
This sub-plan is optional and does not fulfill the sub-plan requirement for this program.
Same as general program description.
Same requirements are as listed in the general program description. Students may take courses on Twin Cities or Rochester campuses.
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