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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The National Louis University doctorate of education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) is a three-year, advanced practitioner-oriented professional preparation program serving educators seeking to lead school districts and supervise instructional and support personnel at the organizational, facility or staff level. 
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The National Louis University doctorate of education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) prepares leaders for a variety of roles in schools, districts, charter organizations, universities, colleges, technical assistance organizations, policy and political organizations, and government agencies.

Consider getting your doctorate of education in educational leadership at NLU if you:

  • Aspire to advance your career with a doctoral credential related to educational leadership curriculum development, instructional leadership and faculty development.
  • Seek a blended-delivery program where you can work and complete your degree via face-to-face meetings (typically scheduled monthly on weekends) and continuous online communications with faculty and peers within a learning management system.
  • Resonate with the idea of conducting scholarly research and writing a dissertation contributing to the knowledge base in your own area of professional expertise
  • Possess the desire, determination, and available time to complete your degree in three years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analyzing Resource Allocation and Equity in Educational Financial 
  • Management 
  • Fostering Cultural Proficiency, Opportunity and Equity 
  • Leading Change 
  • Utilizing Effective Leadership Principles and Processes 
  • Communicating and Engaging witn Staff, Families, and 
  • Communities 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae 
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Please note that only credit from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer credit. Completion of baccalaureate and master’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions must be verified. A grade point average of 3.25 or better in master’s level courses is required of all applicants.
  • Present documented evidence of at least two years of leadership in an educational setting.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Letters should originate from people supervising the applicant's professional work or people associated with the applicant's graduate work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new undergraduate scholarships for international students! The new scholarships are listed below:

10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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