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The audience for the program includes:

  • current B-12 public school leaders or aspiring school leaders who plan to move into school district leadership roles or who wish to improve their leadership practice through an education doctorate
  • aspiring leaders from related disciplines who plan to move into school or school district leadership roles
  • aspiring leaders in the student support areas in higher education. 

Our students include school district leaders, school and college/university administrators, teacher leaders, and leaders working for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 

Program Goal

The primary goal of the program is to prepare effective educational leaders who are skilled managers, curricular experts, and research-based scholars. Each of these roles requires theoretical and practical knowledge, application of skills, and appropriate professional dispositions

Program Highlights

The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program from University of North Carolina Wilmington  is an innovative program featuring:

  • A focus on research-based practice
  • Effective use of educational technology
  • A cohort model in the first year
  • Opportunities for internships in international education, school/government, and business
  • Coursework from the UNCW Cameron School of Business
  • An applied dissertation study
  • Dedicated faculty with diverse backgrounds and expertise

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership Theory
  • Social Foundations of Education 
  • Organizational Development and Analysis 
  • Applied Research 
  • Additional Research Courses 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Getting Started page for international transcript instructions.
  • 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application
Additional Requirements
  • Education Statement of Interest Essay
  • Must hold a Master's degree in school administration, supervision, curriculum, instruction, higher education or related field from a regionally accredited university.
  • Current CV or Resume
  • Must have a minimum of three years of documented leadership experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18548 USD/year
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  • National

    4720 USD/year
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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