The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Total cost at ACE$23,914
(tuition + fees)
Compare with other institutions*:
Grand Canyon University
*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2018
Applications due September 27 for September 30, 2019 Term
Estimated Time to Completion:
Eighteen of your semester credits will specialize in a focus area of your choice.
View the College Catalog for full descriptions.
Adult and Continuing Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational and Community Organizations
Health and Wellness
Second Language Instruction
You also have the option of customizing this program by selecting a General Track and choosing the six courses that best fit your needs.
Crystal Neumann, D.B.A.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Leadership and Administration
Dr. Crystal Neumann previously worked in marketing and market research before she transitioned to higher education to work with and motivate adult learners. She has taught marketing and public relations in Germany and has worked as an administrator and instructor within higher education. Her work has been published in several journals, and she has presented at several national and international conferences.
Dr. Neumann continues to study leadership, marketing, and higher education. She enjoys being a part of every learner’s journey and seeing their growth throughout the program.
We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.
A Note About Licensure:
While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.
Ed.D. in Leadership
64 semester credits x $306 per credit
$100 Application Fee
$2,880 Technology & Library Fee ($45 per credit)
$150 Program Conferral Fee
$1,200 Dissertation Fee
Total Program Cost*
*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.
State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.
Ed.D. in Leadership
All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:
Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 64 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.
(21 semester credits)
(25 semester credits)
Customize this degree by choosing a six - course Focus of Study to fulfill the remaining 18 semester credits.
(18 semester credits)
Any six of courses from the courses above.