PhD in Educational Administration at KU
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When the student completes the majority of all course work he or she is eligible to take comprehensive examinations. These examinations test the student's knowledge of the areas of the course work; their ability to reason, evaluate and draw supportable conclusions within the context of the subject area; and knowledge of current issues and trends within the subject field as documented in the contemporary literature. A portion of the exam will be devoted to the student's elective minor and research methods. Once the oral comprehensive examination has been passed, a student must be continuously enrolled including summers.
In contrast to the academic course work, which is designed to develop the knowledge base necessary for effective leadership, the dissertation's purpose is to study one administrative problem or specialty in depth. As a result of this independent study under the guidance of the student's dissertation advisor, the student is expected to generate original knowledge in a specialized field and contribute to resolving important problems or questions within the field of educational leadership. The field of inquiry and method of analysis are limited only by the availability of faculty to sponsor the project.