Doctorate in Leadership with a Concentration in Music Education

The Doctorate in Leadership is a distinctive program that prides itself on artfully weaving theory with real-life application. Here, you are immersed in the reflective practice of leadership with your fellow cohort members and are able to apply everything you learn – from academic research findings to brainstorms with classmates – to your organization’s critical issues and challenging situations.


The Doctorate in Leadership program is built on four areas of coursework: core, research, collateral and dissertation. Courses focus on the ideas and issues central to leadership over a three-year period, and students attend core courses with their cohort. Students may concurrently take collateral and research courses, which are offered one evening a week and include online components. 


The Doctorate in Leadership degree consists of 66 total credits that encompass core courses, research, electives and dissertation.

Eighteen Credits

  • Leaders and Organizations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives 1 (EDLD 910)
  • Leaders and Organizations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives 2 (EDLD 911)
  • Critical Issues in Their Political, Social and Economic Contexts (EDLD 912)
  • Power, Freedom and Change (EDLD 913)
  • Ethical Dimensions of Leadership (EDLD 914)
  • Leadership Narrative Seminar (EDLD 915)

Nine Credits

  • Survey Research (EDLD 902)
  • Qualitative Methods of Research and Evaluation (EDLD 904)
  • Analysis of Qualitative Data (EDLD 905)

Fifteen Credits

  • Philosophical Foundations and Aesthetics in Arts Education (GMUS 840)
  • Curriculum Development in Arts Education (GMUS 841)
  • Psychological Foundations of Arts Education (GMUS 842)
  • Foundations of Music Education (GMUS 608)
  • Teaching and Learning in Music Education (GMUS 601)

Nine Credits

Each student, working with faculty, will outline a program of concentrated study with courses from education and other university offerings, including business communication, business administration, international management, computer software design, counseling psychology, social work or divinity.

Fifteen Credits

This major paper demonstrates the doctoral student’s ability to research an important question in education, and to present and interpret the findings in clear and logical written form. The dissertation is completed under the supervision of a faculty chair and is formally presented in an oral presentation to the dissertation committee. 

Additional program details including cost and application information is available on the School of Education Doctorate in Leadership and Learning page.