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Cohort Model

Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership

The three-year Ph.D. program in Instructional Management and Leadership degree program has a unique format.

Each year, students are admitted to the program in the summer semester and move through the program together as a cohort. In the on-ground program, students attend classes one evening per week during the fall and spring semesters and complete a summer session two nights a week for three years. Each course is enhanced with online instruction. The dissertation credit courses are offered via a seminar format.


Research is a comprehensive, integrated component of the program. Each semester includes a research course designed to build upon and support previous work while exploring new concepts that will lead to the completed dissertation.


Doctoral students enroll in dissertation seminar classes upon completion of an initial sequence of four research courses. The dissertation seminars guide you through the formulation of a problem to defending the dissertation proposal by allowing you to apply the skills mastered in previous research courses.


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