Department of Educational Policy Studies

Educational Administration and Leadership


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.

Department core courses

Coursework common to all doctoral programs include:

  • 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 the University of Alberta Bear Tracks system. For specific information on the department offerings please refer to our Graduate Course information to access the course timetable available.

Information about courses offered during the Intersession (May to August) will be available on the U of A Bear Tracks system when the University of Alberta 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.

Candidacy examination

The candidacy is an oral examination normally held within two years of the commencement of the program.


Every candidate shall present a thesis embodying the results of his or her research. In accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) regulations, the final oral examination will be on the thesis and matters related to the thesis.