Educational Leadership (Doctor of Education)

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer. 

Date Event
June 1 Fall Priority Admission Deadline
August 1 Fall Admission Deadline
September 1 Spring Priority Admission Deadline

Application Materials Required for the EdD in Educational Leadership

Applicants for a Doctor of Education program must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission: 

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

Applicants will not be considered for admission until all required documents are received by Graduate Studies. 

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee. 
  3. An earned Master’s degree from an accredited institution. 
  4. Transcripts of all academic programs attended postsecondary.
  5. An updated résumé or CV.
  6. Purpose, Rationale, and Career Statement - A statement of purpose which addresses the following: (1) the student's rationale for applying for the EdD; (2) a statement regarding career/professional goals; (3) a statement of how the student's rationale and career goals are consistent with the purpose of the EdD degree as articulated by the Department and Program; AND (4) a problem-based writing sample that provides evidence of the student's writing ability.
  7. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements. 

Admission Requirements for the EdD with a Major in Educational Leadership

Potential applicants should be aware that admission to the JSU doctoral programs is a competitive process and that submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

Unconditional Admission

  •    For unconditional admission: GPA 3.25 and higher graduate GPA.

Conditional Admission

  • For conditional admission: GPA 3.0 to 3.24 graduate GPA. 

Note: Admission to the EdD in Educational Leadership is restricted to one (1) qualified Jacksonville State University employee per cohort.

Minimum Requirements for the EdD in Educational Leadership

An overall 3.25 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the doctoral degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.25.

Course Title Credits
Educational Foundations and Environments
EFD 700Philosophy of Education3
EFD 702Historical Foundations of Education3
EFD 704Leadership Theory and Behavior3
EFD 706Cultivating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education3
EFD 708Contemporary Issues and Trends in Education3
EFD 710Leadership for Creative Problem Solving3
Research and Inquiry
EFD 701Educational Inquiry3
EFD 703Data Collection and Management3
EFD 705Advanced Measurement and Evaluation3
EFD 707Applied Educational Research3
EFD 709Conducting Dissertation Research3
EFD 711Directed Dissertation Proposal3
EFD 712Directed Dissertation Research3
EFD 714Directed Dissertation Presentation3
Residencies 1
EFD 760Residency I0
EFD 761Residency II0
EFD 762Residency III0
Select eighteen hours of electives in Education Foundations. 218
Total Hours60

 60 Doctoral Semester Hours Required for this Degree


All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.