Why choose Sac State for your EdD?

1. Face-to-face interaction

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Online programs are highly overrated – by meeting with your fellow students and faculty in person you will develop supportive networks you can count on to help you meet the demands of doctoral study.

2. Every-other-weekend classes

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Our schedule is designed for working professionals like you. Classes are held on Friday evenings and all day Saturday, every other week, to allow you time to study and fulfill your professional commitments.

3. Accelerated 3-year program

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Sacramento State’s doctoral program meets in summer, winter and spring sessions to prepare you to dissertate in Year 3. You can be ready to graduate and take your place among education leaders within 36 months.

4. Unique focus on public policy

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Our unique program pairs the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with the Department of Public Policy and Administration, taking advantage of its location in California's capital. You’ll gain a valuable policy perspective from the region’s leading education policymakers and analysts.

5. Renowned faculty


Courses are taught by widely published university faculty and executive leaders in P-12 and community college. These leaders are steeped in the issues affecting the local region, and can help you build a network of influential educational colleagues.

6. Supportive cohort-based learning


The students in your cohort will progress throughout the coursework together, which creates opportunities to support and learn from one another. You’ll establish professional ties that often last beyond the doctoral program itself.

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