University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Educational Leadership Ed.D.

Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership


Foundation Courses9
Research Courses15
Comprehensive Exam1
Primary Area Coursework30
Supporting Area Coursework20
Dissertation Credits12
Electives (if needed)4
Total Hours91

Degree Specific Credits: 90

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • A minimum of 90 academic credits and one credit for the comprehensive exam is required for the Doctor of Education degree. Credits from an approved Master’s degree and/or Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) as well as post master's graduate credits may be applied toward the Ed.D. upon transcript review by the department. The major field of concentration for the Ed.D. is in Educational Leadership with supporting concentrations in Curriculum Leadership, Higher Education, or Technology Leadership.
  • A minimum of 30 credits in the primary field, exclusive of the dissertation
  • A minimum of 20 credits in a chosen supporting area
  • A minimum of 9 credits in Foundations Courses
  • A minimum of 15 credits in Research
  • A minimum of one third of all course work must be taken in the Educational Leadership Department at UM, including one third of the coursework in the primary area
  • A minimum of 12 dissertation credits to graduate at the end of your doctoral program.


Foundation Courses
Complete three of the following courses:9
Philosophy of Education
Foundations of Educational Leadership
Foundations of Curriculum Leadership
K-12 Leadership
K-12 Curriculum
Research Courses
Complete all of the following research courses:
EDLD 486Statistical Proc in Education3
EDLD 520Educational Research3
EDLD 618Educational Statistics3
EDLD 620Qualitative Research3
EDLD 625Quantitative Research3
Additional Courses
Complete all of the following courses:
Primary Area Coursework: EDLD 500- and 600-level coursework30
Supporting Area Coursework: EDLD 500- and 600-level coursework20
EDLD 594Seminar (Comp Exam)1
EDLD 699Professional Seminar/Dissertation12
Total Hours87

Minimum Required Grade: C