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
November 1 Spring Admission Deadline
February 1 Summer Priority Admission Deadline
April 1 Summer 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 institutionally accredited institution. 
  4. Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree awarding institution and all transcripts from institutions where post-baccalaureate work has been completed. To be considered for admission, applications must hold a degree from an institutionally accredited institution or its foreign equivalent. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  5. An updated résumé or CV.
  6. Writing sample that includes the following: (1) the applicant's rationale for applying for the EdD; (2) a statement regarding career/professional goals; AND (3) an opinion-based writing sample of no more than 1,500 words describing a current and critical social or cultural problem, how it impacts your area of interest in education, and possible solutions.
  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 (Minimum 18 hours)
Philosophy of Education
Historical Foundations of Education
Leadership Theory and Behavior
Cultivating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education
Contemporary Issues and Trends in Education
Leadership for Creative Problem Solving
Research and Inquiry (Minimum 18 hours)
Educational Inquiry
Data Collection and Management
Advanced Measurement and Evaluation
Applied Educational Research
Conducting Dissertation Research
Directed Dissertation Proposal
Dissertation (Minimum 6 hours)
Directed Dissertation Research
Directed Dissertation Presentation
Residencies 1
Residency I
Residency II
Residency III
Select eighteen hours of electives in Education Foundations. 2
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.