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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.  

The number of people in California pursuing their education doctorates does not measure up to some of the other large states nor does it meet their needs (educationdegree.com). California needs more administrators, superintendents, central office administrators and principals for high school and elementary schools. The average mean income for faculty ranges from $74,000 to $125,820 and associate professors range from $55,944 to $120,060. Presidents of universities mean salary is $270,000. Compared to the national average:
educationdegree.com EdD salaries

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 2016-2017 academic year (including all mandatory registration fees), as of April 30, 2016, are indicated below. The latest fee information is posted here.

CSU Education Doctorate Fee
2016-2017
Academic Year Fee $12,546.00

Summer Fee (2016)
(Summer 2017 TBD)

$5,889.00
12-month Study Fees $18,435.00

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: