Saint Louis University

Educational Leadership | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

SLU's Educational Leadership program has a regional and national reputation. The faculty is committed to the concept of program quality, and quality was the driver in the development of the design for the degree. The foundation of the design is grounded in the literature on educational leadership preparation. Additionally, students' work meets the Carnegie Standards for doctoral education. SLU's Educational Leadership program is accredited by NCAT.

[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is optional to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: rolling Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or GMAT or LSAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; On-campus or phone interview is desired; Three (3) optional Personal Potential Index evaluations
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: rolling
Summer: rolling
Tel. No.: 314.977.4062
Program Director: Susan Toft Everson, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Yvonne Fisher


Assistantship Application Deadline:

  • March 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

English Proficiency scores required for all international students; regardless if an applicant has previously attended an U.S. institution. Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Application reviewed by committee
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE or GMAT or LSAT or MAT scores
  • A review of English proficiency scores (for international applicants)
  • SLU Writing Exam (SLUWE) if admitted (for international applicants)

Application Review Process: The program has a year-round, rolling application process that is reviewed by committee

Admission Statistics

  • The program draws from a large pool of qualified applicants
  • Currently there are more that 150 students
  • Educational Leadership is the largest Graduate Education program

Rankings/Honors: All programs are nationally accredited. Nearly 20 percent of all of Missouri's superintendents are alumni of the Graduate School at Saint Louis University.

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 72 hours beyond the bachelor's degree. A minimum of 60 hours of course work. A minimum of 30 hours of course work taken at Saint Louis University, excluding two (2) research prerequisites. A minimum residency requirement of two (2) continuous semesters approved by the student's advisor. Successful completion of a one-day written comprehensive exam at the conclusion of the student's course work. Successful completion of a two-hour oral examination after completion of a dissertation proposal approved by the student's dissertation committee. Successful completion of a doctoral dissertation proposal approved by the student's dissertation committee. In addition to the above requirements, the student must adhere to all university regulations stipulated in the General Bulletin.

Prerequisite: The applicant must complete 6 hours of graduate research coursework as a prerequisite for the doctoral program. However, if the entering student does not have some or all of these hours, he or she make take these hours during the doctoral program as an addition to the program coursework.

Program Description: These degree programs include areas of concentrations for elementary and secondary school principals, school superintendents, and directors of special education. | Educational Leadership Programs Offered

Career Possibilities: Adult Educator; Arts and Education Program Coordinator; Continuing Education Director; Day Care Specialist; Educational Outreach Coordinator; Nonprofit Specialist; Preschool Teacher; Private Tutor; K-12 Teacher; Special Educator | Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details: Two words describe this program: quality and demanding. Students are already educational professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and advance their careers. Students come to learn and perform with a certain position already in mind.

About the Educational Leadership Faculty: All faculty is engaged in current, active research in educational topics. | Educational Leadership Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Six (6) assistantships are awarded in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Almost all students are part-time with full-time, professional positions. | Graduate Assistantships | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Teachers already participating in the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program can receive tuition remission. Typically, the investment return for a student is realized after two promotions. Students do most of their studies off-campus, required only to be at SLU four times during their coursework. Doctoral coursework is taught on Saturdays. | Educational Leadership Program Highlights

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