At a Glance

Credit Hours 48
  • Coursework: 36 credit hours
  • Dissertation: 12 credit hours (minimum)
Alexandria Graduate Education Center
Alexandria, VA
Hampton Roads Center
Newport News, VA
Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Ashburn, VA
Entry Semester(s)
Fall, Spring
  • Alexandria - Fall only
  • Ashburn - Spring only
  • Newport News - Spring only
Admission Deadline(s)
FALLJuly 15 
SPRINGOctober 15 
  • Late applications for admission may be considered if space is available. Additional information is available by contacting the Enrollment/Recruitment Specialist for your chosen location.
  • NOTE: Application deadlines for financial funding may vary.
Program Coordinator(s)

Educational Administration and Policy Studies

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Policy Studies with Educational Administration Specialization

Specialization in educational administration prepares students for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the education arena. The program emphasizes:

  • Theoretical and practical aspects of leadership in educational organizations
  • Strategic planning, program evaluation, and policy studies
  • Social, political, and economic influences on educational organizations
  • Research

This academically rigorous doctoral program brings together University and field-based faculty members with professionals who have extensive experience in local, state, national, and international level positions. The program prepares students for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the educational arena. Through this academically rigorous program students will be prepared to advance knowledge and practice for the purposes of promoting excellence, equity, and efficiency in education. Researchers and practitioners who aspire to high levels of responsibility in educational organizations will develop leadership skills through coursework, seminars, field experiences, research associations with faculty, and self-directed activities.

The applicant must have adequate preparation for advanced study. In addition, the applicant must have completed graduate work in fields prerequisite to his or her objective and comparable to that required for the degree of Master of Arts in Education and Human Development at this university. Students with a Master's degree in a field other than education may be considered for doctoral study provided that the degree and previous experience are judged relevant by the program director.
 This program emphasizes the development of original research and culminates in the writing of a scholarly dissertation that reflects research skills used throughout the program and that contributes to the body of knowledge in the student's identified area of emphasis. Dissertation work is guided and supported by nationally-recognized faculty with extensive professional experience in educational administration and related fields.

As an accelerated cohort model program, classes meet on selected weekends.

Missions and Outcomes