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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Dean's Doctoral Assistantship

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is able to offer an Dean's Doctoral Assistantship (DDA) to qualified incoming doctoral students. Although our Ph.D. program is designed for working professionals, this would allow a student to work part-time and teach part-time. To be eligible for DDAs, newly admitted students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus at least a 3.25 GPA in any graduate-level credit hours, be unconditionally admitted to our Ph.D. program, and satisfy English proficiency requirements necessary to hold a graduate teaching assistantship. DDAs are offered a stipend and accompanying tuition waivers for up to five years. Students who are DDAs must take nine doctoral hours per semester in addition to their other responsibilities. If this is something of interest to any incoming student, please submit a one-page document outlining your professional goals, how being an DDA would enhance your studies, and courses you are interested in and qualified to teach with your other application materials. Email all inquiries about this program to

DDA Policy for 2017-18

DDA Amounts, effective 2017-18

Graduate Research Assistantships

Varies by semester.

Please contact your faculty advisor for more information on GRA opportunities and requirements.