Educational Administration: School Administration (Ph.D.)


Indiana State University offers a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in educational administration with a specialization in school administration (K-12 district leadership). The program is intended for post-educational specialist students who desire a terminal degree preparing them to be scholar/practitioner leaders.

  • This online Ph.D. in school administration includes a minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree. Typically, students complete 30 credit hours, with the remaining coursework applied from the student's master's and/or Ed.S. coursework. In addition, students must complete a doctoral dissertation.
  • The program is delivered through a blended online education program using a combination of interactive online sessions augmented by four required face-to-face sessions in that regional area. This program is cohort based and set up in a regional location in Indiana. 
  • A new regional cohort is offered every two years, typically starting in August. A new regional program will start in August, 2018. Typically, students begin the program with a cohort group and commit to moving through the program's schedule of studies with that cohort group. Students enroll for 2 courses each semester for 5 consecutive terms over a two-year period, including a summer session. (i.e., Fall Semester = 2 classes at 6 hours; Spring = 2 classes at 6 hours; Summer = 2 classes at 6 hours; Fall = 2 classes at 6 hours; final Spring = 2 classes at 6 hours.) The dissertation is typically completed in 18-24 months and requires a minimum of 18 dissertation hours. The University requires that the program must be completed within a total of nine years after admission to the program and within six years after admission to candidacy for the degree.
  • Representations on licensing apply to licensing in the state of Indiana only. Potential students seeking licensing in other states should check with that state's educational licensing authorities on their requirements. Further restrictions may be found in the state specific information under the program availability link.
  • This program is open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants. The program is closed to all students (including U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members) residing in a country other than the United States.

Note: Students also have the option of completing this Ph.D. program via an alternative Wednesday Residency Program, with coursework offered on the ISU campus all day each Wednesday during the fall and spring academic terms.

Fees and Expenses

Students in this Ph.D. program pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. In addition, upon admission to the program, students pay a one-time program fee of $600 (subject to change).

Required Courses

In addition, all education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3619


Note: This program may or may not lead to licensure in your home state. The courses required in this program prepare the student for licensure or certification in the State of Indiana. Please contact your state licensing authority to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance obtaining contact information for the licensing authority in states outside of Indiana, contact Indiana State Online representatives at (812) 237-2345 or


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3619