Marquette's doctoral program in educational policy and leadership is designed to foster the development of scholar-practitioners. It asks students to inquire deeply into the process of teaching and learning and examine how the organization of schools shapes the process of teaching and learning.
In addition, Marquette's doctoral program asks students to acquire adjacent disciplinary strengths that provide contexts for considering what knowledge is of most worth, how forms of knowledge are socially distributed and what educational measures might help bring about a more just society. Students are expected to gain expertise in research that will enable them to contribute to the ways we think about education and develop technological and other practical skills that will enable them to implement strategies for change.
A Marquette doctoral student must complete a program of study prepared in consultation with his or her adviser and outlined on an approved Doctoral Program Planning form. The program must include a MINIMUM of 45 credit hours of course work beyond the master’s degree (at least 33 of which must be in the College of Education) and 12 credit hours of dissertation work. In addition, the doctoral student must pass a qualifying examination and submit and successfully defend an approved dissertation.
A doctoral program requires a supporting (minor) area of study, composed of 12 credit hours of work in or outside the College of Education. All doctoral students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of post-bachelor’s course work in research skills, which includes research methods, measurement, statistics and computer science.
With 12 additional credits and a research project that focuses on an aspect of school district leadership, it is possible to combine the doctoral degree with course work that leads to a Wisconsin District Administrator License. The student needs to work closely with his/her adviser upon admission to develop a program of study that will meet the doctoral and licensure requirements.
Here is one possible program of study:
Courses for Educational Policy and Leadership Doctoral Program Seminars (9 credits)
Prerequisite: Completion of 33 doctoral credits or consent of adviser. The focus of this seminar will be on preparation of the qualifying paper and preparation for the oral defense. Grading will be S/U.
Foundations (12 credits)
At least 2 of the following foundations courses required, including EDPL 349.
Other suggested foundations courses (Courses not listed below may be approved with administrative consent)
Research (12-15 credits)*
And at least one of the following electives:
* Departmental consent required. Student must have necessary background in statistics to meet prerequisites.
Elective sequence: (12 credits)
An elective sequence is an area of specialization consisting of four approved courses (at 200 level or higher) that hold together conceptually and can potentially support dissertation research. Students may take some of this course work at other institutions.
Recent doctoral students have elected to take courses in anthropology, history, PSYCology, sociology and education. In addition, students often elect to do one directed reading course (independent study) as part of the elective sequence.
Dissertation (12 hours required)
Total: 57-60 credits
All applicants for the doctoral program in education must meet Graduate School requirements (including the 3.0 GPA requirement) plus the following program requirements:
The following must be submitted to Marquette's Graduate School by January 15:
Requests for admission to the doctoral program are considered once per year. Deadline for submission of materials is January 15. Applicants will be notified by March 15.
Application for admission should be made online at the
Graduate School Web site
Be sure to inform the individuals you choose for recommendations that filling out the online assessment is not enough. They must upload their letter online.