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The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at CSUEB develops a new type of executive leadership for education and related fields. Students engage in skill building activities in research and practice that fuel socially responsible leadership and increase educational equity. Such leadership addresses and resolves the most pressing issues impacting California students, schools and communities.
This program was designed for busy education professionals. Classes meet both online and in-person for three semesters per year (summer, fall, and spring) beginning in June. In-person classes are held some Thursday and Friday late afternoons and some Saturdays. Roughly 60% of the classes are in-person and 40% are online.
The program of study is 60 semester units and requires nine semesters to complete or three semesters (summer, fall, and spring) for three years. The first two years consist of course work and the final year focuses mostly on the completion and defense of the dissertation.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA in graduate study of 3.0 or above.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores from within the past 5 years
  • Three confidential recommendation forms
  • Professional resume
  • Written response to writing prompt concerning school effectiveness
  • Demonstrated and documented professional or personal commitment to equity and social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities in education or closely related field
  • Professional experiences which demonstrate problem-solving ability and an interest in critically assessing current educational policies and practices.
The application materials priority deadline is February 1. Applications will be accepted after this date if space is available. Contact if you have questions.
No, applicants who attended CSUEB do not need to request official CSUEB transcripts. However, applicants need to include official transcripts for work completed at other institutions.

Although many of our students work in K-12 settings, others work as administrators in university settings, non-profit organizations, policy institutions and alternative education.

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You may register to take the computer-based GRE General Exam at ETS.
For up-to-date information about cost and financial aid, please visit CSUEB and search for “Tuition Fee Information.” As of fall 2018, the cost per semester is $6,540 (for California residents).

Student loans and a doctoral grant may be available to those who apply for aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For questions about financial aid, please


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