May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Educational Administration P-12) PhD


The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration is a flexible degree plan that offers students the opportunity to pursue either a building-level or a district-level program option, depending on their current educational certification. The building-level program is designed for those who are not currently certified/licensed as educational administrators. The district-level program is designed for those who are already hold certification/licensure as educational administrators.

Both program options require students to complete a dissertation as well as a one-semester administrative practicum experience. The practicum requires students to identify an appropriate administrative-level mentor who will agree to supervise the student during the practicum experience and evaluate the student’s performance at its conclusion.

This program of study meets Mississippi’s state standards for advanced licensure. Students who intend to seek licensure in another state should verify that this program of study meets the desired state’s licensure requirements. For assistance with out-of-state licensure questions, please complete the Professional Licensure Form.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures , applicants must meet the following requirements and submit the following documents:

  1. Official GRE scores or other acceptable standardized graduate-level exam scores
  2. Statement of Purpose - In a letter or essay format, describe your professional experiences and goals and how obtaining this degree will help you to realize those goals.
  3. CV/Résumé
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
  5. Copy of current educator license (with at least three years of teaching experience) 

This program admits new students each fall. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information .