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Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership

Developing Leaders in Education

The Benerd School of Education offers doctoral degree options geared to practitioners of education at universities, colleges, school districts, as well as government agencies and advocacy groups operating in the realm of education policy.  Our program also prepares educators for teaching at the college or university level. The doctoral program emphasizes a combination of intensive academic exploration (typically in seminar form), research, scholarly enterprise and a defended dissertation.  All of our candidates enjoy the opportunity to tailor a course of study to the areas of education that interest them most-it's a thoroughly challenging experience, guaranteed to advance your personal growth and your effectiveness as a leader in the world of education.  As a researcher at University of the Pacific, you also benefit from your ability to draw on the extensive resources of one of America's top-ranked private universities.  Former Student Testimonies

Read a current student's blog regarding the dissertation process.

Admission Information

Admission to the Ed.D. program is selective. In addition to admission to the University's Graduate School, holistic consideration is given to the following:

  • Accomplishments in professional education
  • Graduate grade point average (GPA) (3.0 minimum in a 4.0 scale; 3.5 preferred)
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Examination
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation indicating the applicant's ability to complete doctoral level coursework and research
  • A self-study statement
  • An entrance interview by a minimum of two (2) faculty members

For detailed information consult the Doctor of Education Degree: Student Handbook, available in the Benerd School of Education.

Culminating Experience

The dissertation of ten to fifteen (10-15) units is also required.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact  Dr. Linda Skrla.

Department of Educational Administration and Leadership
Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211

Phone: (209) 946-2580
Fax: (209) 946-3110