Western Michigan University (PhD)

Education and Human Development

Educational Leadership, Research & Technology

PhD Educational Leadership - Higher Education

  • Ph D.
  • Specialist
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership


Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer
3571 Sangren Hall
Educational Leadership, Research & Technology
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Program Statement

Due to the increasingly complex tasks including research and data analysis within all types of educational institutions, there is a demand for strong, transformational leaders.

Applying theory to practice is an overall theme for the Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University, with the case-study approach to learning used extensively. In addition, a very integrated "professional inquiry, research, and dissertation core" has been developed to assist you in adding to your higher education knowledge base, and to ensure that such students complete a Ph.D. rather than adding to the number of all-but-dissertations.

The concentrations involve a minimum of 90 graduate credits. Most, if not all, of your previous graduate credits earned may be applied toward this total, leaving you with a completed master's degree with a total of about 54 to 57 credits, including 12 dissertation credits. If you are a working professional and able to take two classes per semester you can complete your doctoral work, including dissertation, in about three and a half years.

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Average Time to Degree: 
3.5-6 years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Hybrid
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: