Urban Educational Leadership


Why study Urban Educational Leadership?

The doctorate of education in Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to developing educational leaders with the aptitude to think critically and reflectively to provide solutions to many of the issues in educational leadership and policy. Our curriculum will focus on these issues within educational institutions and the disparities at the local, state, and federal levels.

Our students will establish or extend their expertise in their areas of professional and academic interests through our EdD program. Our students can choose between two concentrations to centralize their research: K-12 Education or Higher Education. Our graduates will also develop deep expertise in best practices that support equity and diversity in all forms.

Program Benefits

  • 100% Online
  • 36-month program designed for full-time working professionals
  • Hands-on and ongoing support from faculty throughout the program

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Advanced degree, with at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, from an accredited college or university
  • Current Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Writing sample
  • Personal Goal/Interest Statement

International Student English Proficiency Requirment:

  • Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test, or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE).
  • All tests are good for 2 years from the date the exam was first completed:
    • IELTS - an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient.
    • Duolingo English Test (160-point scale) - a score of 105 is sufficient.
    • Pearson - a score of 47 is sufficient.
    • TOEFL - The minimum university requirement is: 
      • 80 (internet-based test, iBT) or 520 (paper form)
      • a score of 20 or higher on each of the three components of the new “paper-delivered test” (this test does not have a single composite score). 
  • Unofficial Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
    • Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below.
    • The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester.
    • Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:
      • Regular U.S. postal mail:

        Graduate School
        University of Cincinnati
        110 Van Wormer Hall
        P.O. Box 210627
        Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

        Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

        Graduate School
        University of Cincinnati
        2614 University Circle
        110 Van Wormer Hall
        Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Graduates of this program will be prepared for the careers listed below. All opportunities may not be listed. 

Upon admittance to the program, each student is assigned a mentor(s) with Graduate Faculty Status based on fit of research and professional interests. Candidates should initiate contact with their assigned mentor(s) as soon as possible once the admission letter is received. During the first semester of study, the student and mentor(s) will meet to begin working on the process of planning the program of study. It is the student’s responsibility to confer regularly with his or her mentor(s) and make sure the mentor(s) has approved the course choices throughout the graduate program. During the first year of their study, students should actively get to know faculty members’ research and teaching so as to select a committee to advise their studies.

Application Deadlines

This program has a Summer semester start only, and will accept applications every other year starting in 2022 (i.e. Summer 2024, Summer 2026 etc). 

Application Deadline: December 1

Confirmation Deadline: March 15

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
2610 University Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18DOC-UEL-EDD-.UEL-DL