Ph.D. in Education: Educational Leadership
World-Improving Research and Creativity
Our alumni currently hold a variety of roles and are employed all over the country, from here in the Washoe County School District to Harvard University. This program is also known for its advanced research activities that make national news regularly.
About Our Program
Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D./Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership!
This program is designed specifically for individuals pursuing an advanced leadership position in a K-12 or higher education setting. It is guided by the general framework found in the Doctoral Program in Education Application Manual. The Ed.D. option is available in this area of emphasis for practicing K-12 professionals.
Thank you for visiting our doctoral program page. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of our faculty members. We look forward to talking with you.
MaryAnn Demchak, Ph.D., BCBA-D
College of Education Doctoral Program Coordinator
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The College of Education has application deadlines for Spring (November 15). Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship for Fall semester must apply for the Ph.D. program and the college graduate assistantship by February 1. Applications for Fall will continue to be reviewed up to July 15.
The Ph.D. in Education: Educational Leadership area of emphasis is intended for individuals with a minimum of a master's degree in an education-related field wishing to work in a leadership role. Our goal is to prepare students to excel in their field of interest through a personalized, challenging curriculum that best suits their professional goals.
There are numerous research and field-based opportunities, and students will work with their advisors to determine a program of study. Examples of positions that our alumni hold include:
- School administrator (principal, assistant principal, site administrator)
- Central office administrator (superintendent, assessment director, ESL director, staffing coordinator)
- University academic faculty (assistant/associate professor)
- University administrative faculty (student government director, program director, students affairs president)
The Educational Leadership Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs admit students in October for Spring enrollment and in March for Fall enrollment. Materials and criteria for the the Educational Leadership area of emphasis are as follows:
- Undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
- Master's degree
- Graduate Record Exam score (GRE)
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of Intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
- Three letters of recommendation
- One sample of scholarly writing
- Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form (last 5 pages in the Application Manual)
To get started on the application process, please contact Dr. MaryAnn Demchak, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your main program application, checklist, and signed disposition form must be mailed to:
College of Education Doctoral Program Coordinator
Mail Stop 278
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0278
All other materials must be sent through the University's application portal. Once you create your account, go back to MyNevada to log in and start your application. You must apply to both the College of Education and to the Graduate School. Please reach out to Dr. Barone if you have any questions.
If you decide to also apply for a graduate assistantship, applications are due February 1. Eligible candidates will be invited to interview.
Graduate Assistantship Information
Graduate assistantships are available through various departments at the University of Nevada, Reno, including the Educational Leadership department. Prospective students who indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship will be interviewed for one of the multiple positions within the department in tandem with their interview for the doctoral program. Some highlights of a graduate assistantship include:
- 20-hour work week
- Stipend of approximately $1700/month (before taxes)
- Tuition fee waiver (does not include fees such as room/board, textbooks, etc.)
- Health insurance coverage through United Healthcare
- In-state Nevada resident status
- Funding to present at conferences through the support of the Graduate Student Association
Tuition and Fees
Please see the University tuition and fee rates.
A minimum of 93 credits are required to graduate from this Ph.D. program. The curricular structure is made up of the following four categories:
RESEARCH AND CORE COURSES, 21 credits
Doctoral program experiences are designed to ensure that the educational professionals who complete our program have the skills needed to locate research that is relevant to their own present and future professional roles and duties, evaluate the research of others, and design, conduct and disseminate the results of their own research studies. The research and statistics courses in the college are designed to contribute to the mastery of these skills.
AREA OF EMPHASIS (EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP), 24 credits
Coursework in this area is determined by the Advisory/Examining Committee in close consultation with the student. The courses in Educational Leadership prepare students for leadership or teaching at the college level or for roles in policy analysis and research.
COGNATE, 24 credits
The cognate is made up of courses that provide depth and/or breadth to a student's program as approved by the student's advisory/examining committee. These courses may represent a second area of emphasis, may be interdisciplinary, or may be made of graduate credits from the master's degree that represents a related and coherent area of study.
DISSERTATION, 24 credits
The dissertation is the culminating experience for the doctoral degree. It represents an independent research project that makes a contribution to the field of study.