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 degree is an online/hybrid Ph.D. in school administration, which includes a minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree. Students must have completed the Ed.S. degree to be accepted into this program. 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, online platforms (i.e., Canvas) augmented by face-to-face classroom sessions typically held on the ISU campus, Terre Haute, Indiana. Please take this firm requirement into consideration before applying. This program is not completely online.
  • Students begin the program with a cohort group in the Fall 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. The summer session is four days on the ISU campus in late June. 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.
  • A new cohort of 10-12 students starts each fall semester. Students with an Ed.S. may apply to the program, or those students who anticipate completing the Ed. S. degree before the Fall term starts. Only completed applications received by December 1 will be reviewed for admittance the following Fall. Completed applications will be reviewed and qualified students will be invited to interview on campus in March of each year to be part of the next Fall cohort. Acceptance letters will be delivered in early April. A mandatory orientation meeting on campus will occur in early June.
  • 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. For details, visit Licensure or Certification Information.
  • This program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Required Courses

In addition, all educator licensure programs and related school programs at Indiana State University are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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) 237-3005


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) 237-3005