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Educational Leadership, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The ELAP program prepares educational leaders who are capable of envisioning, creating, and sustaining powerful learning communities that share purpose, develop leadership, and work toward continuous improvement.
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Designed for educational leaders from around the globe who serve and/or aspire to serve in dynamic leadership roles at school sites, district and county offices of education, colleges and universities, and educational businesses in the public and private sectors. 

Its 60/40 hybrid learning format engages students in both face-to-face and online learning environments. Students meet in face-to-face weekend sessions nine times throughout the year and a few days each summer for two years. 

Weekend and summer sessions are held at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

Program Benefits

  • Allows students to continue full-time work while engaged in study
  • Hybrid blended format delivers course work via 60 percent face-to-face interaction and 40 percent online instruction
  • Nationally recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive educational leadership experience
  • Faculty mentors dedicated to students' academic and professional success
  • Emphasis on the development of ethical and culturally proficient personal leadership
  • Development of inquiry/practitioner research knowledge and skills
  • Cohort model designed for peer support and professional relationship development
  • Career Services Center dedicated exclusively to the field of education to support students' professional advancement
  • Writing Support Center offers writing seminars and APA workshops, as well as individual review and guidance on writing papers and dissertation manuscripts
  • Extensive alumni network comprising more than 20,000 members


Pepperdine University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication/Information Technology and Scholarly Writing
  • Personal Leadership and Stewardship of a Shared Vision of Learning
  • Leading Learning, Innovation, and the Continuous Improvement of Practice
  • Collaborating with Stakeholders and Mobilizing Community Resources in Support of Learning
  • Ethical Leadership and Developing Leadership Capacity
  • Communication/Information Technology and Scholarly Writing
  • Personal Leadership Legacy
  • Creating and Sustaining a Learning Community Culture of Excellence and Responsibility

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Official student transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies:National Student Clearinghouse
  • Parchment
  • Three professional recommendations using this Recommendation Form. The recommendations should attest to your academic abilities, character, and professional abilities
  • A Statement of Purpose (1,000-2,000 words) addressing such topics as issues, questions, interests, matters of concern regarding educational and professional development, strengths and weaknesses with respect to engaging in doctoral study, and/or future career objectives
  • Scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1550 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1550 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1550 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1550 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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The Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers a financial aid program that provides assistance to more than 75% of the student body. For specific information about the types of financial aid available, please visit the Types of Aid section.

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