PhD in Educational Leadership & Research: P-12 Educational Leadership

The mission of the PhD program in P-12 Educational Leadership is to further develop the capacity of educational leaders for the diverse needs of P-12 educational environments. The PhD program in P-12 Educational Leadership engages PhD students in a relevant, demanding curriculum that focuses on leadership and involves a high level of academic rigor with a relentless commitment to social justice education.

Candidates seeking this degree program often serve a variety of school leadership capacities: the principalship, school-level leaders, curriculum directors, instructional directors, assistant and associate superintendents, and superintendents, all of whom understand and apply education researchers.

Applications are currently being accepted for the doctoral program in Educational Leadership & Research: P-12 Educational Leadership. The deadline to apply for Spring admission is August 1st of the previous year (i.e. August 1, 2019 for Spring 2020). The deadline to apply for Summer/Fall admissions is December 1st of the previous year (i.e. December 1, 2018 for Summer/Fall 2019). The application must be complete with all requirement documents--only candidates with completed applications will be considered.

The doctoral program is very competitive. A committee reviews all applications and applicants will be notified if they are accepted.


Admission Requirements

Students are expected to have a Master’s degree in an educational field; however, we will accept students with a non-education Master’s; however these students may be required to take additional coursework on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the P-12 Educational Leadership program requires:

  • Minimum one-page letter of intent that explains the reasons why you are seeking a PhD;
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A professional letter of recommendation; and
  • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), verbal, quantitative, and writing sections

Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD assumed coordination of the PhD in Educational Leadership & Research: P-12 Educational Leadership in February 2019.

For more information, please contact:

Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD
228 Peabody Hall
sdowell@lsu.edu
Ph: 225.578.5998