Andrews University

4150 Administration Drive, Room 136, Berrien Springs, MI 49104

Program Details

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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    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.

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    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

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

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


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

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