Doctor of Education in Leadership

Advance in your career and take the next step on the path of lifelong learning by earning your Doctor of Education in Leadership at Hardin-Simmons University.

Our online doctorate in leadership is one of the most affordable Ed.D programs in the nation. Grounded in Christian values, it’s also one of the best for producing effective and ethical leaders. Courses are fully online, highly interactive, and uniquely faith based. Our program is also specifically designed to complete your dissertation throughout the curriculum, gaining research skills as you go.

The Ed.D. in educational leadership is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and can be completed in three to four years.

Connections Make the Difference

We are focused on creating an online learning experience that provides the same sense of connection and level of support you would expect in a face-to-face program. It’s why our Ed.D educational leadership program director recently won ‘Course of the Year’ from the Association of Christian Distance Educators.

Doctorate in leadership classes are small and intimate — typically 10 students or less. Your professors work with you one-on-one, and often help with career guidance. We use Slack to connect current students and alumni, as well as hold on-campus leadership events that are great networking opportunities.

Program Contact

Robert L Tucker-Dean, College of Fine Arts

Dr. Rob Tucker

Dean, Kelley College of Business and Professional Studies; Interim Director, Doctorate in Leadership

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Why Earn Your Online Doctorate in Leadership at HSU?

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Affordable and Convenient

At $595 per credit hour, our online doctorate in educational leadership is one of the most affordable programs of its kind in the United States. The dissertation is embedded into the coursework, helping you complete the degree faster — usually 3.5 years. Enroll fall, spring, or summer, and continue full employment as you earn your doctorate online.

Faculty Experience

Our Ed.D educational leadership faculty bring extensive leadership experience to the program, and include a West Point graduate, industry leaders of large companies and nonprofits, published researchers, and higher education administrators and faculty members.

Real-World Applications

Our Ed.D educational leadership classes invite leaders from professional organizations to co-teach courses alongside faculty, making connections between academic study and real-world situations. Students work together, building teamwork skills, using collaborative learning technologies, and participating in collaborative research.

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What Can You Do With a Doctorate in Leadership?

Whether you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills or open new professional opportunities, the online Ed.D. in educational leadership at HSU will prepare you to realize your goals and make a positive impact in a variety of leadership settings.

Our graduates are employed as faculty members, higher education administrators, student life professionals, and K-12 administrators. The program has a proven track record of success: all of our Ed.D educational leadership graduates have passed the comprehensive exams and transitioned in the candidate phase for school administrators.

Program Details

Our 57-hour Ed.D educational leadership program includes six hours of coursework each fall, spring, and summer. Coursework is designed to promote further character development and connect organizational and educational theories to real-world organizations and teaching functions.

View a complete list of courses for the online doctorate in educational leadership in the HSU Graduate Catalog.

Applicants for the online doctorate in leadership must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited university.

View all admissions requirements for the Ed.D educational leadership program in the HSU Graduate Catalog.

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