Doctoral Studies

Welcome to the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program!

The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program is now accepting applications for the Summer Semester for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Cal Poly Pomona State University is changing to a summer starting date for the three-year program of studies.  The new cohort will begin doctoral classes in Summer 2018, and classes will be on a semester schedule.  A master’s degree from an accredited university in an area pertinent to the program is a program requirement.  

Informational meetings will be held at Cal Poly Pomona on the following dates and times:

Saturday, October 21st
Building 6, Conference Room 206, 2nd floor
12 - 1 p.m. 

Wednesday, November 8th
Cal Poly Pomona, Building 6, Room 216, 2nd floor
6 - 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 6th
Cal Poly Pomona, Building 6, Room 115, 1st floor 
6- 7 p.m.

Please RSVP to Dr. Betty Alford, Doctoral Program Co-Director at or call (936) 554-5240. Click here to view the campus map. 

Applicant review will be ongoing, with a rolling scheduling of interviews for qualified applicants. Decisions will be provided in a timely manner to assist students in planning for the summer starting date for the doctoral program.  For further information, please contact the doctoral office at (909) 869-3060 or Dr. Betty Alford at (936) 554-5240. 

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Dr. Sergio Chavez, Sr., principal of Fontana Middle School and a doctoral graduate of Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), received a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the CPP Alumni Association.  

Leadership through Learning

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is pleased to welcome applicants for its outstanding independent doctoral program offered exclusively on the Pomona campus. As one of 23 campuses in the California State University system, the university joins colleagues throughout the state in a dedicated effort to develop educational leaders by offering a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership.

The mission and vision of Cal Poly Pomona lead us toward service to our local and expanded communities. We strive to fulfill our goals through the development of lifelong learners and leaders who are prepared to apply academic knowledge within their chosen field upon graduation in a changing multicultural world. Toward this end, the university has created a doctoral program specifically designed to develop leaders for the 21st century who are prepared to engage in the challenges and embrace the opportunities of educational leadership today and in the future.

Centrally located in the heart of the Inland Empire, bordering Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties, Cal Poly Pomona offers an accessible location for returning students to embark on an educational journey toward academic advancement and personal enrichment. Our program is designed to provide optimal support and accommodation for working adults and busy professionals. Classes are embedded in a broader research learning community committed to the success of each individual student.