Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Doctor of Education in Professional Studies

The Doctor of Education Degree in Professional Studies (EDD) is designed to prepare educators to assume leadership roles in curriculum and instruction and educational administration in P-12 settings and leadership roles in higher education. Candidates choose to focus on one of three major tracks: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, or Higher Education.


Online delivery affords you the flexibility to advance your career without interrupting your current work duties. You will be engaged in a supportive, vibrant, and diverse online learning community where cohorts form lifelong bonds.

The program is organized to support the development of your research study throughout your coursework. Thus, by the end of coursework, you will have a draft of the first three chapters of your dissertation. A supportive dissertation committee will guide you to timely dissertation completion.

Candidates choose to focus on one of three major tracks: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, or Higher Education. Click below to view course requirements for each track.

Efforts to gain professional certification aligned with employment are rewarded with credit toward your degree.

Credit Hours

to fully admitted doctoral students pursuing the Educational Leadership track who have NECC certification.
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Credit Hours

to fully admitted doctoral students pursuing Higher Education track who have MCCLA certification.


Tuition Reduction

Faculty and staff employed at Mississippi public community colleges are eligible to receive a reduction of one-half tuition.
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Admission to the Doctoral program begins with admission to the Graduate School. Materials required to complete an application can be emailed directly to grad-info@deltastate.edu . Please note, THE GRE IS NO LONGER REQUIRED.

  1. Submit a formal application for admission by applying online here. Note that the graduate application fee of $30 will be required at checkout.  International students interested in studying on campus should visit our International Student Services webpage to get started.
  2. Request an official transcript(s) from the college or university from which you received a bachelor’s degree and from all colleges and universities from which graduate credit was received.  We recommend sending official transcripts electronically via Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse by choosing Delta State University Graduate Admissions (grad-info@deltastate.edu) as the recipient.  Hard copies may be mailed from an institution to:
    Delta State University
    Office of Graduate Studies
    Kent Wyatt Hall 239
    Cleveland, MS 38733** Non-U.S. transcripts are accepted through WES or ECE evaluation services (must be evaluated course-by-course).
  3. Meet all admission requirements set by the doctoral program.

Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Education in Professional Studies program

  1. Master’s or an Educational Specialist degree from an accredited college/university with at least an earned GPA of 3.25
  2. Official Graduate transcripts
  3. Minimum of two years of experience in teaching or an equivalent area: Job Verification Form
  4. Resume/Vita highlighting your education, work history, evidence of leadership potential, additional certifications, membership in professional associations, scholarly activities, accomplishments, and awards
  5. Statement of Purpose writing sample that reveals the applicant’s philosophy of education, ability to self-reflect, and ability to compose with clarity and proper grammar and mechanics

A weighted point system will be used to evaluate each of the criteria above.

All requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Office at grad-info@deltastate.edu.

Deadlines for submitting all admission documents are listed below.

Admission Semester Application Deadline
Spring November 1st
Summer April 1st
Fall June 30th

Registration Resources

Academic Resources

Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam is given during the ELR 888 Doctoral Seminar course. The exam date is given by the course instructor.

Institutional Review Board

Campus Resources

Graduation Application Deadlines

Deadline Late Application Deadline Graduation Date
Spring 2024 November 1, 2023 March 1, 2024 May 10, 2024
Summer 2024 April 1, 2024 July 1, 2024 August 5, 2024*
Fall 2024 July 1, 2024 October 1, 2024 December 13, 2024
Spring 2025 November 1, 2024 March 1, 2025 May 9, 2025
Summer 2025
April 1, 2025 July 1, 2025 August 4, 2025*
Fall 2025
July 1, 2025 TBD TBD

*No commencement ceremony

Contact Us

Dr. Corlis Snow
Interim Chair and Doctoral Program Coordinator
P: 205-655-4878
E: csnow@deltastate.edu