Doctoral Program with EDAL Specialization

This specialization prepares Canadian and international candidates for a broad range of administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in schools, school systems, postsecondary institutions, departments of education, other government agencies, professional associations, and similar organizations.


The Educational Administration and Leadership specialization requires applicants to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience or equivalent.

Program structure

The EdD and PhD degree require a minimum of ★36 which normally includes a minimum of ★24 in graduate courses and a dissertation.

See the Graduate Course List for current Educational Policy Studies graduate courses.

Department core courses

  • EDPS 680 - Policy Research and Education
  • EDPS 681 - Frameworks for Research in Educational Policy Studies

Specialization core course

  • EDPS 635 - Organization Theory I
  • EDPS 511 - Evolving Concepts in Educational Administration and Leadership*
  • EDPS 512 - Administrative and Leadership Process in Education*

*Doctoral students are only exempt from these required courses if they have taken these courses or an equivalent in their master's degree prior to entering the doctoral program. If not exempted, these courses will be required in addition to the other requirements in the doctoral program.


  • 500-level or 600-level courses taken across the department or faculty chosen to enhance the program.

A list of courses to be offered during the Fall Session (September to December) and Winter Session (January to April) can be found through BearTracks. Information about courses offered during the Intersession (May to August) will be available on the BearTracks system when the University publishes its Spring/Summer Guide, normally by December.

Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior departmental approval. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.


Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a doctoral program are required to present a dissertation embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor and supervisory committee.

Candidacy examination

The completion of coursework, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and the Candidacy Exam must be completed within three years of the start of the program. For part time students, these requirements must be complete within four years of the start of the program.