Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) in Educational Administration
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Thank you for your interest in the University of New Orleans Ph.D. Program in Educational
Administration. Our program is the only one of its kind in the New Orleans area, and
admissions are selective. Our program emphasizes education in urban environments and
promotes reflective practice in the development of effective education.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is intended for those who plan an inquiry
into the issues of educational leadership through a theoretical framework. Doctoral
studies in educational administration emphasize research methodology, both quantitative
and qualitative. Concentrations are available in K-12 school administration and higher
education. Study for the Ph.D. is suited for those planning careers in school, college
and university administration, in college and university teaching, in research or
policy analysis in offices or departments of school systems, higher and post secondary
institutions, state agencies, or in any education-related leadership profession.
Required coursework for the Educational Administration Ph.D. currently constitutes
a total of 93 hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree, including 18 hours of core courses,
21 hours in one’s concentration area (K-12 school leadership or higher education),
21 hours of research, 18 hours of electives, 6 hours of advanced seminars, and 9 hours
of dissertation research. .
The Educational Administration doctoral program prepares individuals intending to
build academic or administrative careers in the areas of school, college, or university
leadership and administration. Consistent with emerging paradigms for effective practice
which attend to pipeline issues as a key factor in student success through college,
the program curriculum will focus on understanding and leading education as a PK-16+
integrated system. Because students will be coming from a variety of curricular backgrounds
the core curriculum will be designed to engage students in a basic understanding of
educational administration and leadership with progression to more advanced theoretical
formulations of leadership, administration, and organization of schools and post secondary
K-12 School Leadership Concentration
The school leadership concentration in Educational Administration integrates theory
and practice in the development of scholars of leadership, research and teaching who
aspire to broaden the body of knowledge and thereby inform K-12 educational policy
Higher Education Concentration
The higher education concentration integrates theory and research in order to develop
scholars of administration, research and teaching who aspire to broaden our understanding
of higher education. Knowledge developed through faculty guidance in the program will
give students the background to inform policy and practice through scholarly research
and its application.
Doctoral students are required to maintain continuous enrollment every Fall and Spring
semester until graduation. Where extraordinary circumstances prevent continuous enrollment
students may petition the faculty for a leave of absence.
Doctoral students who do not pass the qualifying exam will be dismissed. Students
may take the General Exam a second time to achieve a passing grade; if a passing score
is not received after the second attempt, the result is dismissal from the program.
Unethical or illegal conduct may also constitute grounds for dismissal. Such action
requires a majority vote of the faculty.
A doctoral student must earn two consecutive semesters of a minimum of nine hours
of residence. The doctoral residence requirement may be met alternatively by three
semesters of enrollment at six or more hours, which may be non-consecutive.
Students who are in residence for the purpose of the above requirement are expected
to devote all of their energies to graduate study under the direct supervision of
an advisor/dissertation chair and/or advisory committee. Students holding Graduate
Assistantships and who are accordingly performing duties clearly relevant to their
program of study will, in most cases, be accruing full-time residence credit.
Time To Degree Limitations
No more than 13 years may elapse between admittance to the program and completion
of all requirements for the degree.
A minimum of 93 hours beyond the Baccalaureate Degree is required. The curriculum
is comprised of doctoral core courses, concentration courses (K12 or Higher Education),
research courses, elective courses, advanced doctoral seminars, and dissertation research,
as presented below.
Requirements in each category are described below. Students should refer to the UNO GRADUATE CATALOG for course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment limitations.
Doctoral Core Courses (18 hours required)
____ EDAD 6910 Strategic Approaches to Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6920 Advanced Theories in Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6930 Leader Behavior in Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6940 Power and Politics in Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6950 Policy Analysis
____ EDAD 6960 Conceptualizing PK16+ Education
Concentration Courses (21 hours required)
School Leadership Concentration
_____ EDAD 6800 School Leadership
_____ EDAD 6805 Leading the Learning Environment
_____ EDAD 6810 School Law
_____ EDAD 6812 Leading Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction
_____ EDAD 6816 School Based Management
_____ EDAD 6840 Organization & Governance of K-12 Schools
_____ EDAD 6845 School Community Relations
_____ EDAD 6850 Supervision of instruction
_____ EDAD 6860 School Principalship
_____ EDAD 6875 School Improvement
_____ EDAD 6895 School Leaders Internship
_____ EDFR 6700 Educational Research
_____ EDAD 6950 Current Issues in School Administration Research (proposed)
_____ EDAD 6980 Independent Study in Ed. Administration
_____ EDAD 6993 Special Topics in Educational Administration
Higher Education Concentration
____ EDAD 6310 Foundations of Adult Education
____ EDAD 6320 Adult Learning and Development
____ EDAD 6370 Methods of Adult Education
____ EDAD 6390 Practicum in Adult Learning
____ EDAD 6530 Student Services in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6535 College Student Development
____ EDAD 6550 The Academic Profession
____ EDAD 6600 The American College and University
____ EDAD 6605 Community and Technical Colleges
____ EDAD 6610 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
____ EDAD 6615 Financial Management in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6620 History and Philosophy of Higher Education
____ EDAD 6630 Student Choice in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6640 College Teaching
____ EDAD 6645 College Student Learning
____ EDAD 6650 College Curriculum
____ EDAD 6675 Current Issues in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6681 Organization and Leadership in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6683 Students in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6684 Teaching, Learning & Curriculum in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6695 Internship in Higher Education
____ EDAD 6980 Independent Study in Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6991 Special Topics in Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6993 Special Topics in Educational Administration
Individualized Concentration (27 hours required)
As an alternative to the concentration coursework above, a student may petition the
faculty in educational administration to create an individualized program consisting
of at least 21 hours of thematically related courses.
Research Courses (21 hours required):
EDFR 6705, 6710 and 6715 are required for all doctoral students. Students should consult
with their advisor for the remaining 12 hours of research courses.
____ EDAD 6090 Independent Research in Educational Administration
____ EDFR 6705 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Design
____ EDFR 6710 Descriptive Statistics and Inferential Hypothesis Testing
(Prerequisite: EDFR 6705)
____ EDFR 6715 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (Prerequisite:
____ EDFR 6720 Applied Regression and Analysis of Covariance (Prerequisite:
____ EDFR 6721 Qualitative Research Data Analysis (Prerequisite: EDFR 6715)
____ EDFR 6725 Multivariate Statistics and Covariance Structure Analysis
(Prerequisite: EDFR 6720)
____ EDFR 6730 Research Design in Education (Prerequisite: EDFR 6720)
____ EDFR 6731 Qualitative Research Design and Writing (Prerequisite EDFR 6705
EDFR 6715, EDFR 6721)
____ EDFR 6675 Advanced Educational Program Evaluation (Prerequisites: EDCI
6670 and EDFR 6710)
____ EDFR 6990 Independent Study
____ EDFR 6993 Special Topics in Educational Research
Elective Courses (18 hours): as advised/approved by student’s faculty advisor. Hours from student’s Masters Program
may be transferred in to meet this requirement.
Advanced Doctoral Seminars (6 hours required):
____ EDAD 6890 Seminar in Educational Administration
____ EDAD 6997 Research Seminar in Educational Administration
Dissertation Research: Minimum 9 hours required.
_____EDAD 7050 Dissertation Research
Check the Educational Administration Courses web page for further Course Catalog information.
After completion of all other coursework, students must enroll in at least three (3)
hours of EDAD 7050 every fall and spring semester to maintain continuous enrollment
until they graduate. [EDAD 7040 may be scheduled only if student has successfully
defended their dissertation but otherwise did not meet deadlines for graduation in
the previous semester. EDAD 7040 may be taken only once.]
There are often a number of Graduate Assistantships which are available for full-time
graduate students. In exchange for working 20 hours per week, Graduate Assistants
receive a stipend and have their tuition waived. Recommendations for assistantships
are made by the faculty once the student is accepted to the program. In addition,
a limited number of scholarships are available at the time of admission to the program
for full-time students who qualify. The Financial Aid Office and the Graduate School
can also assist doctoral students with setting up a package that will allay their
financial concerns. Students can also apply for Federal Student Aid on-line.
Admission and Application Procedures
Admission to the UNO Graduate School requires an undergraduate grade point average
of at least 2.5 and a graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. GRE scores of
300 (combined quantitative and verbal) are considered as competitive criteria in evaluating
applications to the doctoral program, however GRE scores are considered in combination
with an applicant’s professional and academic qualifications.
The application process is a two stage process involving admission to UNO for graduate
level studies, then admission to the Educational Administration program. Admission
to the Graduate School (first step in the admissions process described below) permits
an applicant to enroll in graduate courses, but it does not permit enrollment in program
"doctoral core courses" or "advanced doctoral seminars."
Students whose degrees are not from United States colleges or universities must provide
English translations of academic records, certified by a U.S. foreign service officer
and/or admissions officer.
Applications will be reviewed twice yearly for admission to educational leadership
doctoral programs – in the Spring for Fall admission, and in the Fall for Spring admission.
Applications received by October 1 in the Fall and February 1 in the Spring will receive
priority consideration. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions as soon
as the process has been completed. Please call the program office for an update on
the status of your application if you have not heard by November 15 (for Spring admission)
and March 15 (for Fall admission).