PhD in Education & Leadership

We are now accepting applications for our first Fall 2017 cohort - Apply Today!

Application Deadline: $50 application fee WAIVED if submitted before May 1

Priority deadline: May 1st --- Final deadline: June 1st

The PhD program in Education and Leadership (PhDEL) is Pacific University’s first inter-professional graduate program, offering a joint-degree creatively designed by the College of Education and the College of Health Professions for the 21st century working professional. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, this program explores themes and issues about the meaning of leadership and learning, and strategies to lead in a time of dynamic global change. The curriculum encourages students to explore the role of technology in forming and supporting leaders, and creating new distributed communities where leaders can gather and learn from each other across temporal and geographic environments.

This program offers students a technology-based, low residency PhD program — students are only required to be on campus for one week each January to attend a formative applied, evidence-based research symposium, which provides a rich opportunity for students, faculty, and the broader leadership community to collaborate and showcase current research. The program intuitively supports applied research for the dissertation, from each student’s discipline of choice, and draws on the inter-professional expertise of students as well as the faculty and leaders from the community at large. The program offers two tracks: one in Health Professions Education, and one in Higher Education; students choose one of these specialization areas during the first year of study.

The PhDEL program is designed for experienced educators and administrators from institutions of education, healthcare, and these two policy arenas, who are interested in becoming leaders in the field, given the substantial demand in the ever-changing healthcare and education disciplines. The program has a contemporary approach (as outlined in the research conducted by the Council of Graduate Schools in 2010), offering students a collaborative and applied design to research, which has demonstrated success among adult learners.

(Council of Graduate Schools (2010).  PhD Completion and Attrition: Policies and Practices to Promote Student Success – Six Board Institutional and Programmatic Categories, 4th CGS Completion Project).

The PhDEL program offers:

  • An inter-professional approach to research that fosters respect across professional domains;
  • A learning community that is inclusive, inviting, and collaborative;
  • Individualized faculty mentoring and advising;
  • Student financial support; and
  • Streamlined academic and administrative processes.

The PhDEL program is best suited for:

  • Individuals with Masters or Doctoral degrees in the fields of education, health sciences, allied health professions, or health professions educators or practitioners who desire to enter the community of scholar professionals and creatively learn the skills to lead change within their field.
  • Learners who have exhibited requisite knowledge and skills within their areas of expertise.
  • Scholar educators who seek to contribute to scientific knowledge and who value lifelong learning, while implementing new theories into daily practice.
  • Scholar professionals and scholar educators who wish to advance in their fields.
  • Scholar practitioners who approach their professions with sensitivity to ethical issues and to developmental, cultural, and individual differences within the workplace.

This scholarship-based program will produce leaders in their respective fields who are academically prepared to make future innovative contributions to the body of knowledge and pedagogy to influence practice. Students will be preparing to publish their dissertation work by meeting the requirements for original scholarship relevant to leadership and education within their professional disciplines.

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Director of the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Program Director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program; Professor
Assistant Dean for Academics and Assessment, Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Education

PhDEL Course of Study - 50 Credits

Fall I    
EDLD 702 IPEL Development Symposium I (virtual) 1 cr
EDLD 706 Diversity, Equity, & Systems Thinking Seminar 3 cr
EDLD 708 Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 3 cr
Spring I    
EDLD 710 The Professional as Researcher & Writer Seminar 3 cr
EDLD 712 Research Design 3 cr
Summer I    
EDLD 716 Quantitative Research 3 cr
EDLD 714 Qualitative Research 3 cr


Fall II    
EDLD 704 IPEL Development Symposium (virtual) II 1 cr
EDLD 730 Dissertation Pro-Seminar 3 cr
EDLD 724

Special Topics in Education & Leadership

-or- Methods II (based on academic advising)

3 cr
Spring II    
EDLD 718 Communication, Negotiation, & Conflict Resolution Seminar 3 cr
EDLD 724 Special Topics in Education & Leadership 3 cr
Summer II    
EDLD 720 Leadership, Ethics, Advocacy, & Policy 3 cr
EDLD 726 PhDEL Practicum -or- EDLD 728 Independent Study 3 cr


Fall III    
EDLD 722 Leading Institutional Change & Development Symposium 1 cr
EDLD 740 Dissertation 5 cr
Spring III    
EDLD 740 Dissertation 6 cr