Sep 29, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Educational Administration P-12), Ed.D.

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Doctoral Degrees


Admission to The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate programs in educational leadership and school counseling is selective. Regular admission is contingent on having graduated from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency. In addition, the graduate admissions committees of the department recommend admittance only for those applicants whose academic background, work experience, demonstrated leadership, and communication skills meet the challenging demands of graduate programs in educational leadership and school counseling. In evaluating applications, the admission committees utilize separate criteria in each degree program offered.

Required Criteria Supplementary Criteria*
Certification/ licensure in education field other official standardized test scores
Documentation of a minimum of three years of  
  successful teaching experience  
Three letter of recommendation  
  one from the immediate supervisor  
  plus two additional letters from persons qualified  
  to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study  
GPA on previous graduate degree  
GRE - Verbal, Quantitative, Writing (within past 5 years) official scores  
Writing exam  
Letter of intent  

*Supplementary criteria may be submitted at the student’s discretion or may be requested by the admissions committee.

Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the second semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study forms are available at - click on the “Plans of Study” link.

Research Tool(s)

A minimum of 12 hours of research tool(s) are required. Check with department chair for specific requirements.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy or training information.


Students must meet the residency requirements specified in this Bulletin.

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to candidacy should be submitted the semester prior to graduation and must be approved by the student’s graduate committee upon

  1. completion of an approved program of studies;
  2. satisfaction of the research tools/statistics requirement;
  3. completion of an approved dissertation prospectus;
  4. completion of the comprehensive examination; and
  5. completion of the residency requirement.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirements specified in the front section of this Bulletin for continuous enrollment.

Application for Graduation

Graduation is based upon

  1. meeting the departmental and college deadlines for receiving the completed dissertation;
  2. successful defense of the completed dissertation;
  3. a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA; and


At the doctoral level, programs are provided in educational administration at the building level and at the district level. The doctoral program requires a minimum of 54-69 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, inclusive of the dissertation and proficiency in statistics. The student’s doctoral committee will approve the selection of required courses and electives and, in order to secure breadth and depth in the student’s preparation program, may require more than the minimum number of hours of graduate credit.

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