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Educational Leadership, Ph.D.



What will I learn?

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs is to prepare students for careers in the professoriate or to pursue work as a policy analyst, researcher, consultant, or school practitioner. The Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership requires extensive contact with and immersion in the university culture.

The program requires 15 hours of research course work, extensive interaction with faculty on research projects and an expectation to present at research conferences or publish in research outlets.

Both the doctoral programs emphasize the development of theoretical thinking and knowledge development in the field of educational leadership. Distinctions between the Ph.D. and Ed.D. degrees should be noted by prospective applicants. Toward this end, students who apply to the Ph.D. degree should provide a written rationale as to why they wish to pursue this degree, how its focus and purposes are consistent with their career goals, and how they plan to meet the on-campus residency requirement.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (75 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,460.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 April 2023

Start date

23 August 2023


College of Education

Carmichael Hall 201,



35487, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission.

For international students

Applicants should be aware that admission to the UA doctoral programs is a competitive process and that submitting an application does not guarantee admission. Minimum entrance requirements include

Master’s Degree – An earned master’s degree from an accredited institution

Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

The GRE General Test is required for entrance into the PhD program. Test scores at or above the 50th percentile on the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning subscales of the GRE are needed. Scores must be less than 5 years old from the applicant’s admission deadline.

Doctoral students are admitted annually. Each applicant should submit a complete application for admission before the deadline of April 1 for fall admission. (Applications past the deadline will be considered if space allows or due to exceptional circumstances).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum score of admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 59.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Alabama

Boasting a long history of success, The University of Alabama produces legendary results through our scholars’ research and service.

  • Located in the mid-size city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 200 programs in 10 academic schools
  • Scholarships for international students at all levels
  • More than 600 student organizations

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