Doctoral Degree Programs

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a 60-credit program designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting or have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms. The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership will provide opportunities for educators to learn and develop skills and strategies in the areas of school management, education law, education finance, and instructional supervision to be an effective leader.

The goal of the program is to develop scholars-practitioners who will learn and practice advanced skills in designing, implementing, and analyzing effective research-based strategies in school/district leadership so they can provide active, positive, and effective leadership in the school environment. All students enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills related to ISLLC and ELCC organization standards.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits – 51 credits of required courses and 9 credits of electives. (Note: courses are either three credits or six credits).

Program Objectives
Required courses and recommended program of study

Click here to download the Catalog and Student Handbook with detailed descriptions of each course in the program.

Transfer Credits

Acacia University recognizes the prior learning of admitted students by awarding credit for courses at the graduate level, completed at an accredited institution, and documented through official transcript when the credit is applicable to the student’s degree program at Acacia University. As many as nine (9) credits may be transferred.

If an applicant has earned a degree at another university, credits from that degree cannot be transferred or used for an additional degree at Acacia University.

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Acacia University. Likewise, credits earned at Acacia University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credits for a master’s degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.


All Doctoral Level Courses are $330 per credit


The cost for a single 3-credit doctoral level course is $1,065.00
($990.00 + $75.00 one-time application fee)


Application Fee (one-time) $75
Late Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $100
Official Transcript Fee $10
Late Fee (On Monthly Payments) $25
Reactivation Fee* $25
Returned Check Fee $20
Dissertation $150**
International Virtual Leadership Residency $700
One-Day Virtual Residency (four required sessions) $125 per session

*Returning after 12-month or more absence
**Fee is for electronic publishing. For a printed and bound copy of the dissertation, there is an additional fee of $40 per copy

Payment Policies

Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each course. Students will not receive Official Grade Reports, transcripts, or be awarded a degree until all financial obligations have been met. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to Acacia University will not be permitted to register for future courses unless special arrangements have been approved through the Finance Office.

Students may pay by check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). International students must pay with U.S. currency. Students whose employers will be invoiced for tuition shall submit a billing authorization form prior to the second week of class in lieu of course payment.

Military tuition assistance (TA) students may be eligible for a deferral of tuition once their DA 2171 Form has been completed, authorized, and received by Acacia University.

Next Steps

To learn more about admissions requirements and to start the admission process, Click Here. If you have explored the website and have other questions, visit the Handbooks and Policies page to download the Catalog and Student Handbook and Doctoral Program Handbook Addendum with detailed descriptions of each course in the program, or simply click on the "Contact Us" link on every page.

We look forward to you joining Acacia University.