Loyola Marymount University

Name of CPED-Influenced EdD Program: EdD in Educational Leadership for Social Justice

Key Contact Person: 
Jill Bickett, EdD, Director
Department of Educational Leadership

Program Description: 

The Loyola Marymount University EdD in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is a program of impact that is centered on a vision of a more socially just future for all learners and communities. Ranked among the top graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report, LMU’s theoretically-grounded and practitioner-focused program prepares superintendents, principals, policymakers and leaders of nonprofit and community organizations to transform educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments.

Our program offers a face-to-face, rigorous, cohort-based approach, creating a community of educators further supported by personalized attention from distinguished faculty. Our faculty members are renowned scholars and practitioners who are engaged and connected to the real world of schools and educational organizations. As a member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), LMU doctoral program students benefit from opportunities to connect and share research with educational leaders across the country and around the world.

The LMU Ed.D. program is designed for working professionals so all requirements, including the dissertation, can be completed in three years. Classes are offered on Monday evenings during the fall and spring semesters and on Monday and Thursday evenings during the summer.

Financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants is available to eligible doctoral candidates through the LMU School of Education.

The LMU Ed.D. program admits one cohort per year. Applications are due January 25 and once accepted students begin the program the upcoming summer.

Description of each year of the Program: 

Year 1

  • EDLA 7001  Leadership for Social Justice in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7002  Moral and Ethical Leadership (3)
  • EDLA 7020  Situated Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7021  Quantitative Research in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7022  Qualitative Research in Education (3) 
  • EDLA 7045  Transformational Leadership for Student Achievement (3)

Year 2

  • EDLA 7004  Organizational Theory and Change (3) 
  • EDLA 7040  Contextualizing Leadership in Public Education (3)
  •     or EDLA 7060 Contextualizing Leadership in Private Education (3)
  • EDLA 7042  Management of Fiscal/Human Capital (3)
  • EDLA 7043  Legal and Policy Issues in Education (3)
  • EDLA 7049  Research Seminar (2)
  • EDLA 7940  Preliminary Review (1)
  • EDLA 7950  Dissertation Proposal Design (2)

Year 3

  • EDLA 7005  Educational Change and Innovation (3)
  • EDLA 7023  Doctoral Colloquia (2)
  • EDLA 7951  Dissertation Seminar 1 (2)
  • EDLA 7952  Dissertation Seminar 2 (2)
  • EDLA 7953  Doctoral Seminar 1 (2)
Program Milestones:

In 2004, the LMU Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice was born and the first cohort admitted. In 2013, the School of Education was admitted to the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).In 2014, LMU SOE ranked out of 356 schools nationally,. It is the 3rd ranked Jesuit University nationally, and 3rd ranked private School of Education in California. The Doctoral Program in Leadership for Social Justice is a significant contributor to these recent rankings.In 2014, the LMU Ed.D. Program was admitted to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).In 2014, the LMU Ed.D. program celebrated its 10th anniversary and its 100th graduate.

Admission Requirements: 
  • Masters Degree
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Two sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GRE score report
Admissions Cycle: 

LMU's Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice program admits as a cohort every summer. We are no longer accepting applications for the cohort beginning in 2015. The admission deadline for the next cohort, which begins in June 2016, is January 25, 2016.  We encourage interested candidates to apply early to this competitive program. 

General Information:
  • Program Delivery: On Campus
  • Student:Faculty Ratio (Courses): 1.3: 1
  • Student:Faculty Ratio (Advising): 1:1
  • Length of Program: Less than 4 years
  • Percentage of students that graduate on time: 88%
  • Financial aid available to students: All admitted and enrolled students in the doctoral program receive scholarship or grant funding.Work-based aid (such as research assistantships) and student loans (private, state and federal)are also available
  • Average number of students enrolled in each cohort: 18
  • Graduation Rate: 88% 3-year graduation rate

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