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Online Ed.D. in Educational Administration

Online Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ed.D. in educational administration

Pursuing an Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ed.D. in educational administration online at KU is a great way to enhance your career and earning potential. This degree is taught by full-time, nationally recognized researchers and experienced practitioners in the field to help you apply the most recent scholarship and research skills to advance your career in PK-12 school district-level leadership while fulfilling the academic requirements necessary for state licensure endorsement in school district administration.

The KU School of Education and Human Sciences, recently ranked No. 7 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Public Education Schools, sets you on a path of success through their student support, welcoming community, and professional development.

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Applications for the 2025 cohort will open on Sept. 1.

What careers are possible with an online Ed.D. in educational administration?

This degree prepares you for PK-12 school district-level leadership positions while fulfilling the academic requirements necessary for state licensure endorsement in school district administration. Learn skills to incorporate current best practices and research to improve education at the district level while advancing your career and increasing your income.

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts 7% job growth in the coming years as demand for Ed.D. in educational administration increases. This program is great for advancement toward positions such as:

  • Superintendent.
  • Associate superintendent.
  • Assistant superintendent.
  • Director-level administrator in special education, curriculum, human resources, or business.
  • K-12 leadership positions.
  • Policy, consultancy, and professional educational support roles.

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Online Ed.D. in educational administration program snapshot

3 years
Fastest degree completion option
est. annual income 10 years after graduation

How flexible is online learning at KU?

KU’s online degree programs are designed with your busy schedule in mind and offer the flexibility to study wherever — and often whenever — is most convenient for you. Our online courses are taught by the same highly regarded faculty and expert instructors and consist of the same rigorous curriculum and instruction as our on-campus programs.

Why get an online Ed.D. in educational administration from KU?

This program offers unmatched opportunities and flexibility. In an average of three years, depending on how long it takes to complete your dissertation, you could earn an online doctorate degree designed for working professionals who seek to advance their careers and develop specialized skills in the competitive educational administration field. The coursework emphasizes real-world application, earning you practical experience that won’t just add to your resume, but strengthen it. This program is highly connected to the education field, local school districts, and program alumni. These networking opportunities could help you get promoted during your studies or after graduation.

KU is a globally recognized institution and one of just 38 public universities in the AAU, a group of America’s leading research universities. An online Ed.D. in educational administration from KU signals prestige, quality, and career readiness.


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FAQ: online Ed.D. in educational administration

The application deadline is April 1. 

Completed applications will be reviewed starting January 2024. All applicants are admitted for a summer semester start date.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials and meet the following requirements before the application deadline:

  • Complete the Online Application 
    • On the Graduate Program Info section of the application, you must choose the following to apply to the Online Education Administration (EdD).
      • "Yes" you are applying to a fully online program.
      •  Academic Intention is "Degree-Seeking." 
      • Academic Area of Interest is "Education."
      • Academic Program is "Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)."
      • Academic Subplan is "Online Education Administration (EdD)." 
  • Official academic transcripts.

  • Current resume or CV.

  • Statement of personal objectives.

  • One professional writing sample.

  • Contact information for one (preferably current) supervisor reference. 

  • Application fee.

English proficiency and translation of transcripts required if applicable.

For additional information regarding these requirements visit the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies Studies academic details page for the Ed.D in Education Administration. 

Students typically complete this degree in three years, depending on the time you need to complete your dissertation.

Yes, the online doctorate is offered fully remote.

Fully-online doctoral students in the School of Education and Human Sciences who have begun coursework and who will be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term for the following academic year are eligible to apply for a School of Education and Human Sciences scholarship. Students must complete the application process to be considered for a scholarship. Please visit the School of Education and Human Sciences scholarship webpage for more information. 

In addition to department based aid, online students have access to the same financial aid and scholarships as an on-campus students. Check out what support and scholarships you qualify for.

KU’s licensure programs strive to maintain accurate and up-to-date information about the educational requirements for licensure in U.S. states and territories. However, regulations are subject to change and varying interpretations. In addition to possible changes in educational requirements, licensure often includes additional requirements, such as specific examinations and additional training or practicum hours. It is highly recommended that students seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency before beginning an academic program to ensure they know what is needed to obtain the license/certification/registration in the state in which they intend to practice and/or seek licensure.

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