The Loyola Marymount University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is an innovative, three-year course of study that allows students to explore aspects of leadership as they intersect with issues of social justice in classrooms and communities. Offered in both a face-to-face and fully online format, the Ed.D. program is designed so working professionals can complete all degree requirements, including the dissertation, in three years. While only 40% of Ed.D. candidates nationally complete their dissertation, 97% of LMU's candidates do so.

Ranked among the top graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World ReportLMU's theoretically-grounded and practitioner-focused program prepares superintendents, principals, policymakers, and leaders of higher education, nonprofit and community organizations to transform educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments.

On-Campus Ed.D.

  • 3-year program
  • 1:1 student to dissertation chair ratio
  • 18-20 students per cohort
  • 46 credits
  • $1,733 per credit
  • Generous Doctoral Scholarship for admitted students
  • Evening classes (LMU Campus, Los Angeles)
  • Entry Term: Summer II (late June/early July)
  • 24/7 access to over 53,000 Journals & 300+ databases via LMU Hannon Library
  • Application deadline: January 25th 2021

Online Ed.D.

  • 3-year program
  • 1:1 student to dissertation chair ratio
  • 18-20 students per cohort
  • 46 credits 
  • $1,733 per credit
  • Generous Doctoral scholarship for admitted students
  • Fully online
  • Entry Term: Spring (January)
  • 24/7 access to over 53,000 Journals & 300+ databases via LMU Hannon Library
  • Application deadline: September 30th 2020

Using a scaffolded model, students take classes in leadership for social justice, research methodologies, and dissertation seminars. With leadership for social justice at the core of every course, students are guided by renowned faculty who are engaged and connected to the real world of leadership and social justice advocacy in schools and communities.

Year 1

  • EDLA 7001 - Leadership for Social Justice in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7002 - Moral and Ethical Leadership (3)
  • EDLA 7020 - Situated Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7021 - Quantitative Research in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7022 - Qualitative Research in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7045 - Transformational Leadership for Student Achievement (3)

Year 2

  • EDLA 7004 - Organizational Theory and Change (3)
  • EDLA 7040 - Contextualizing Leadership in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7042 - Management of Fiscal/Human Capital (3)
  • EDLA 7043 - Legal and Policy Issues in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7049 - Research Seminar (2)
  • EDLA 7940 - Preliminary Review (1)
  • EDLA 7950 - Dissertation Proposal Design (2)

Year 3

  • EDLA 7005 - Educational Change and Innovation (3)
  • EDLA 7023 - Doctoral Colloquia (2)
  • EDLA 7951 - Dissertation Seminar 1 (2)
  • EDLA 7952 - Dissertation Seminar 2 (2)
  • EDLA 7953 - Doctoral Seminar 1 (2)

Throughout the three-year program, students also complete the following program benchmarks, in collaboration with the program directors, doctoral faculty, and their dissertation chair and committee members:

  • Preliminary Review (Benchmark #1)
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense (Chapters 1-3), Advancement to Candidacy and LMU Institutional Review Board (Benchmark #2)
  • Final Dissertation Defense (Benchmark #3)

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Admission Deadlines

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Entry Term: Summer Session II (late June/early July)
  • Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (100% Online)

  • Entry Term: Spring (January)
  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

Click here to learn more about the face-to-face and fully online programs, and to request information. If you have additional questions, please contact the Doctoral Center at 310.338.7449 or doctoral@lmu.edu.