Preparing for Study at the Doctoral Level
Doctoral study is an intense experience, with higher academic expectations, a stronger research focus, and a greater time commitment than other graduate programs. In addition to leadership experience, prospective students need strong academic, analytical, writing, and time management skills to be successful in the program. They should be interested in studying educational problems in depth, developing advanced-level knowledge and skills, and undertaking a major independent research project (the dissertation). They should also be prepared to make a major three-year time commitment for classes as well as intensive reading, writing, and research outside of class.