Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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Online Coursework

On-campus seminar, once per semester, required


Credit Hours


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  Application Deadline

  • February 1 for cohorts starting in the summer of the same year


Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour  
Library $4.16
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2022 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Become an Educational Leader

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership provides professional preparation for students pursuing careers as principals, other building-level administrators and supervisors in public and private schools; superintendents and other central office personnel; federal and state governmental agency officials; and other educational leadership related professionals. The program requires three intensive weekend seminars on campus.

Step 1
MEd in Educational Leadership
Step 2
EdS in Educational Leadership
Step 3
EdD in Educational Leadership


Campus Experience Weekend Seminar

Once a semester the online cohort will meet face to face for a meaningful U of A campus experience. Each intensive weekend cohort seminar will be focused on a theme that connects theory with practice and includes mini-lectures by scholars and practitioners in the field, facilitated discussion groups, and lively debate of critical issues facing school leaders. The intent of the cohort weekend is to build relationships, introduce students to leaders in the field and expose them to interactive, hands-on learning experiences that lend themselves more easily to the face-to-face environment. During the final cohort weekend of Year 3, students will work through a series of structured exercises to present their dissertation research for peer and faculty critique in preparation for final revisions and submission.


Network Across the State

The Educational Leadership program at the U of A is more than just a collection of courses. The program is:

  • An extensive network of K-16 partners throughout the state
  • A distinguished list of alumni in key leadership positions throughout the country
  • A faculty committed to providing a highly rigorous and relevant classroom experience
  • Researchers that bridge theory and practice to respond to the needs of policymakers and practitioners in the field
  • Students who are passionate about transforming schools and improving the lives of children


Admission Requirements

All candidates seeking admission to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership are required to complete the following:

  • Prior admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School, which requires a separate application process
  • A master’s degree
  • A completed Educational Leadership Program Application
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which should be from a current or former supervisor)
  • A prompted writing sample; Finalists are selected for an interview with the Educational Leadership faculty


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Success Stories

I wanted access to a Tier 1 research institution with high quality professors who are published in the field. I wanted to have good ratios and relationships with my cohort and faculty members. In every metric, the University of Arkansas was by far the best program, like, it’s not even close. Their Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program is the cream of the crop, the very best program in the world."

Something that I absolutely love about online at Arkansas is that I have a connection to my professors. If I need one of them in any situation, I can reach out to them and know that they know who I am....It’s something that I immensely value in an online program."

I’ve met some incredible professionals in education from other states that would not have been possible without this program."

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