Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Leadership Degree program at Andrews University is designed for students who wish to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue advanced executive and leadership positions in their current or intended organization. This program is offered through Andrews University's School of Education and is able to be completed entirely online, allowing some useful flexibility in scheduling and access to course materials to working students.

This program can generally be completed in a four to five year period, with seven years being the maximum allowable time period. This program is specifically intended to meet the career and educational needs of mid-career leaders and to provide a flexible program to highly motivated and self-disciplined candidates.

In addition to the credit requirements of this program, those enrolled must meet with a Leadership and Learning group in order to share and sign off competencies, maintain employment throughout the program's duration, and complete and submit a portfolio that demonstrates program knowledge and experience. The portfolio must demonstrate the mastery of at least 15 distinct competencies. Students must also complete and defend a doctoral dissertation in order to complete the program successfully.

To complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 90 hours of credit in a way that satisfies some sectional requirements. Of that total, students complete 11-16 hours of coursework in the program core, 16 towards their dissertation, including proposal development and dissertation work, and the remaining core cognates and additional electives as needed. Cognates are courses taken from disciplines outside of the core of leadership in order to ensure that students receive a rounded education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a Master’s Degree or its equivalent from an accredited university with adequate preparation for the proposed doctoral specialty and a minimum 3.00 GPA (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply. Applicants must currently be employed and have five years of employment history.


    There is a required on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program.

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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