Ed.D in Education Leadership

Xavier offers Doctorate in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a 60-credit hour program focusing on urban education and school turnaround, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that blends theory and applied research with practice. In keeping with Xavier's Mission, the program is designed for the candidate who wants to become a leader and agent of change in approaching the current challenges facing many schools today. The program follows Xavier's mission with a focus on leadership values that include social justice, collaborative relationships, advocacy, and inclusion of all the organization's stakeholders. Candidates will learn strategies and skills that will engage all constituents in creating schools with sustainable high performance based on effective organizational models and best instructional practices.

Ed.D in Education Leadership Required Courses

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 294 or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores of 391
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest detailing why you have chosen your program of study and why Xavier?
  • Scholarly writing sample 

Documents Needed:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • GRE or MAT scores are preferred but not required
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement detailing why you have chosen this program and why Xavier?
  • Successful completion of an online interview, upon invitation

Application Guidelines for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


  1. Submission of a completed ONLINE application accompanied by the application fee by March 1 for Fall admission. This program has only Fall admission and only ONLINE applications will be accepted.
  2. Submission of official transcript(s) of all graduate degrees and graduate coursework beyond the graduate degree. Applicants must possess a graduate degree to apply. The graduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 or higher grade point average based on a scale in which A=4.0.
  3. Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to appraise your scholastic aptitude, leadership ability, and personal and professional potential in a doctoral program. Letters must be current and signed using appropriate letterhead. Graduate School recommendation forms are not acceptable.
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined score of at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative) or 294 on the revised GRE or a Millers Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 391 or 37 on the previous test. These scores must be no more than 5 years old.
  5. Submission of a letter of intent explaining why you want to enroll in a doctoral program, your research interests, and why you choose Xavier University of Louisiana.
  6. Submission of an example of your best scholarly writing. It should be no more than 5 years old, approximately 8-10 pages, not including the cover page and the list of references, and should be double spaced using APA format.
  7. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview.
  8. Accepted applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance with the due date for the required acceptance fee.


Selected applicants will be invited to an interview.


Accepted applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance with the due date for the required acceptance fee.

The EdD program does not qualify for the 25% tuition discount.

Questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Programs at 504-520-7487 or via email ogp@xula.edu