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 ( 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: 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 2019-2020 academic year (including all mandatory registration fees) are indicated below. The latest fee information is posted here.

CSU Education Doctorate
tuition & fees

Fall 2019

$5,919 + $813 (campus fees) = $6,732

Spring 2020

$5,919 + $813 (campus fees) = $6,732

Summer tuition (2019)

$5,919 + $365 (campus fees) = $6,284
Tuition & Fees for 12-month Study


* International Students: Application and tuition information

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.

Pawan Wallace is the primary contact regarding financial aid for the doctoral program. You may reach her at the Financial Aid Office at 916-278-3981; email to

Please note: The 60+ Program (fee reduction) does not apply to the Ed.D. program. Also, Non-Residents must pay the $396.00 per unit tuition fee.