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Doctorate in Leadership

Dr. Mary Christopher, Program Director

The Doctorate in Leadership (Ed.D) offers a 57-hour program that prepares individuals to fill

leadership roles in a variety of fields. It merges an academy of scholars with community

practitioners to develop enlightened, ethical leaders. Through study in a faith-based environment,

graduates will embody skills, knowledge, and dispositions to bridge theories with research-based

practices and become visionary leaders. In a low-resident format, a student cohort group will meet

on campus several times a semester with additional faculty/student interactions through supportive



Students must hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in any field of study from an accredited

university. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, the major focus of the master’s

degree need not be in the field of education. The students’ previous work must include at least

one course in graduate level research and statistics. If not, the student must complete EDUC 6301

or a similar course, as determined by the program director.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for the Doctorate in Leadership degree must hold a master’s degree from a regionally

accredited university. Admission to the program requires the program director’s endorsement,

which will be based on the following requirements:

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at completion of a

master’s program

A competitive score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) taken during the last 10

years (HSU GRE Code: 6268). Upon approval, scores from the GMAT (Graduate

Management Admission Test), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), or other comparable

nationally recognized aptitude tests may be substituted. Official copies from the national

testing center must be sent directly to HSU Graduate Studies.

Additional scores required for International students: a score of 250 on the computer

version of TOEFL, a score of 5 on the TWE, and a score of 50 on the TSE. Official copies

from the national testing cente

r must be sent directly

to HSU Graduate Studies.

Recommendation forms from three persons qualified to assess the applicant’s professional

abilities, academic potential, and personal character. The recommendations must include

the following individuals: one who holds a doctoral degree, one who served or is serving

as the applicant’s employer/supervisor, and one who is a professional colleague. Each

person must submit the completed form directly to HSU Graduate Studies.

A completed application packet, following the guidelines on the Doctorate in Leadership

website, which includes the following:

Application form

Resume or curriculum vita

A 500-600 word personal statement

Signed ethics statement

Letter of Employer Support Form (if applicable)