The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators will be provided with: the necessary knowledge of their subject; an understanding of our diverse culture; technological skills; critical thinking skills required to make informed decisions and implement change; and the ability to provide a just and ethical, accurate, and meaningful education for their students.

The program is offered exclusively in a cohort format. The elite group of students selected to begin each fall will progress through their coursework together. The first year of the program focuses on didactic coursework. The second-year combines didactic coursework with field-based internships. The final year of the program focuses on independent research, with results to be published in the form of a dissertation.

The doctoral program is staffed with highly experienced, well-qualified faculty, with national reputations for working with high-quality doctoral programs.

Dissertation Proposal

The doctoral candidate must work with a dissertation committee to develop and defend a formal proposal and dissertation. The dissertation committee may be chaired by the student’s advisor, or the student may request another qualified program faculty member to serve as dissertation chair. The dissertation committee must be selected from qualified members of the program faculty and a qualified member external to the program.

Dissertation Defense

Upon completion of the written dissertation, the chair will notify the candidate of the committee's approval to proceed to the defense. The dissertation defense will be conducted by the dissertation committee. The presentation portion of the defense will be publicly announced and open to public observation. The dissertation must be in final form at the time of the defense. Post-defense changes may be made solely for minor editing purposes. Only one defense is to be held, and the results are final.

Time Limitation

All degree requirements must be completed within an eight-year time period.

Applying for Graduation

At the beginning of the semester in which he or she expects to graduate, each student must file an official Intent to Graduate form through the office of Graduate Studies. Degrees are awarded each semester, although Commencement Exercises are held only during the fall and spring semesters.

Before any student can be cleared for graduation, the following requirements must be satisfied. Students who do not clear academically must reapply for graduation:

  • The student must complete all of the prescribed courses listed on the program of study and fulfill all program requirements.
  • All transfer credits must be posted to the ASU transcript.
  • The student must pass the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination.
  • The student must possess the minimum required 3.35 cumulative program GPA.
  • Students must maintain continuous enrollment of a minimum of three credit hours per semester, including the semester of graduation.
  • The dissertation (and defense) must be completed and submitted.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within the eight-year time limit.


Master's degree and professional experience in a field relating to education.

Program of Study

Cohort Structure of the Program

Students will participate in program activities as a cohort group, continuing together through most coursework, excluding electives and dissertation work. Admissions are made for the fall semester only. Completed applications should be submitted no later than the first week in March. It is intended that all students will complete the program in three years, including their dissertation, although provisions have been made for extenuating circumstances that may cause students to become out-of-sync with their cohort. Note The faculty reserves the right to modify this program of study.

Courses (78 Hours)

Semester Course
1 LPL 700 - Leadership Studies
1 LPL 720 - Policy, Planning, and Change
1 LPL 775 - Statistics and Research
2 LPL 705 - Administrative Theory
2 LPL 730 - Public Policy
2 LPL 785 - Multivariate Analysis
3 LPL 710 - Curriculum Planning and Evaluation
3 LPL 750 - Constitutional Law
3 LPL 780 - Qualitative Analysis
4 LPL 715 - Fiscal Leadership
4 LPL 760 - Social and Ethical Issues (Law)
4 an elective
5 LPL 755 - Personnel and Liability Issues (Law)
5 LPL 735 - Educational Policy
5 LPL 830 - Advanced Statistical Research
6 LPL 840 - Advanced Qualitative Research
6 LPL 860 - Research in Adult Learning
6 LPL 870 - Writing for Research Publications
7 LPL 802 - Field Application of Androgyny / LPL 803- Field Application of Research
7 LPL 850 - Legal Research
8 LPL 875 - Research Dissemination
9 LPL 900 - Dissertation
10 LPL 900 - Dissertation
11 LPL 900 - Dissertation
12 LPL 900 - Dissertation
13 LPL 900 - Dissertation
14 LPL 900 - Dissertation

Graduate Fees

Below are estimated tuition and costs for full-time graduate students residing on-campus during the 2017-18 academic year. Actual costs and fees may vary depending on enrollment and lifestyle decisions. You also may wish to review estimated tuition and costs for part-time graduate enrollment on our complete budget worksheet.

For a breakdown of fees by credit hour and by semester, download the 2017-18 Schedule of Student Tuition and Fees.

In-State Out-of-State
Billed Expenses
Tuition/Fees $10,156 $17,572
Room/Board $5,422 $5,422
Subtotal $15,578 $22,994
Other Estimated Expenses
Books $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $1,552 $1,552
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,840 $1,840
Subtotal $4,392 $4,392
Estimated Total $19,970 $27,386


Three years, including two years of coursework and one or more years of dissertation research.

Program taught in:
  • English

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