The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at CSUEB helps working education professionals develop leadership capacity to disrupt systemic injustice through comprehensive mentorship from accessible, experienced, and committed faculty. Doctoral students conduct original research to improve outcomes for all learners in pre-K, K-12, and higher education, with dissertation development embedded in the curriculum. The cohort format cultivates a learning community that supports students throughout their three-year doctoral journey.
This program is 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.
  • 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 deadline is December 1. Applications will be accepted after this date if space is available. Contact edd@csueastbay.edu if you have questions.
No, applicants who attended CSUEB do not need to request official CSUEB transcripts. 

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


For up-to-date information about cost and financial aid, please visit CSUEB and search for “Tuition Fee Information.” As of fall 2023, the cost per semester is $6,550.50 (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

contact finaid@csueastbay.edu.

Please email us at edd@csueastbay.edu or call us at 510.885.3596.