Educational Leadership Department

Why Cal Poly?

Welcome to the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program!

Top Reasons to Attend CPP For Your Ed Leadership Doctorate: 

    • Convenient Schedule

      Classes are offered every other Saturday.

    • Support

      Experienced faculty provide strong support to students throughout the program.

    • Value

      Costs are much less than those of attending a private university (*see cost comparison chart below).

    • Relevance

      Program curriculum is personalized and cohesive. Classes are presented as face-to-face seminars in order to foster and encourage a community of learners.

    • Community
      Cohort format provides students with comradery and support. This continues post-graduation with a strong network of alumni.

    • Scholarship

      Scholar-practitioner focus provides opportunities for research in the student's area of interest and presentation at conferences.

    • Focus on Social Justice
      Students emerge as visionary leaders who engage, build, and strengthen community and school partnerships for student success.

    • High Graduation Rate
      Individualized advising and faculty attention gives students the resources they need to complete their dissertations and graduate on time.

Cost Comparison

Cost Comparison





Total Program Cost




 *Based on cost/unit, does not include fees

CSU Fee Policy 

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees.  All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular term has begun.  All CSU listed fees should be regarded as  estimates  that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate.  Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).