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Doctorate in

Educational Leadership

Program Cost

Invest in your future

Pursuing your doctorate is a significant investment of time and money — but one that pays off in more effective leadership, increased student achievement, and satisfying career advancement. In fact, many Ed.D. students remark that their ability to reason on solutions to problems improves from the outset of their program.  

With a doctorate, you may earn as much as $500,000 more over the course of your career than with a master’s degree alone, U.S. Census reports indicate. In California in particular, K-16 education administrators earned well over $100,000 a year in the first quarter of 2015.

Tuition and fees

The CSU Board of Trustees has approved a CSU Education Doctorate State University Fee that conforms with legislative provisions. The fee is the same as that for students in state-supported UC doctoral programs in education and in joint Ed.D. programs.

The fees for the 2015-2016 academic year (including all mandatory registration fees) are indicated below, as well as the projected fees for the 2016-2017 academic year. The annual increase in fees is projected at a rate of 2%, reflecting the budget compact between the Governor and higher education. All CSU listed tuition fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees. 

Below you will find the tentative Registration Tuition Fees as of April 30, 2015.

CSU Education Doctorate Fee
2015-2016
2016-2017
Academic Year Fee $12,518.00 $12,768.36
Summer Fee $5,889.00 $6,006.78
12-month Study Fees $18,407.00 $18,775.14

Financing your education

Students may finance program costs independently or may qualify for financial aid in the form of grants or loans. The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program student fees include a 10 percent financial aid set-aside. These funds are available to provide financial assistance to students who qualify for need-based aid. They are projected to be sufficient to cover for any eligible students.

Please note: The 60+ Program (fee reduction) does not apply to the Ed.D. program. Also, Non-Residents must pay the $372.00 per unit tuition fee.

Grants and Fellowships

Grants and fellowships to help defray some of the costs of your program may be available from these sources: