Compare Doctoral Programs

Prepare to Make a Difference as a Leader

Ed.D. Ph.D.
For practitioners in higher education For faculty, researchers, and administrators in higher education
Emphasis on the application of research Emphasis on the development of theory and practice via research
Primarily for consumers of research Primarily for conductors of research
Dissertation is action research involving a campus change project. Work on the dissertation begins in the first year and is embedded in course work throughout. Dissertation is typically more complex in methodology, wider in scope, and contribute to theory building in the discipline. Work on the dissertation begins in the first year and is embedded in course work throughout.
Research requirements: Introduction to Action Research, Applied Action Research, Guided Inquiry Project, Dissertation Proposal, and Dissertation Research (11 units total) Research requirements: Research Design and Statistics, Qualitative Methods, Advanced Quantitative or Advanced Qualitative Research, four units of research team seminars, Dissertation Proposal, and Dissertation Research (22 units total)
Cohort of no more than 15 admitted each June Cohort of 12–18 admitted each July
Each cohort is on campus for one full week each June and two days (9 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday) per month for nine months of the year (not May or August). Twice-yearly intensive class sessions on campus (two weeks each in January and July)
In May of the second year, students will travel to an international location for intensive coursework, rather than attending in Azusa that week (included in tuition). As part of the Global Policy course, international travel in late May of the second year in the program is required (included in tuition).
Guided Inquiry Project prepares students for the dissertation with its focus on development of the problem statement and research protocol. Three comprehensive examinations are required; these are a range of oral presentations, leadership portfolios, and institutional projects.
Electives: none Electives: 2 units
Time to degree completion: Three years of coursework inclusive of dissertation Time to degree completion: Four years, inclusive of dissertation
Total Units: 51, inclusive of dissertation, taken in lockstep sequence with cohort, 17 units per year (3 terms per year) Total Units: 60, inclusive of dissertation, taken in lockstep sequence with cohort (2 terms per year)
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.