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Doctorate in Educational Leadership

The GRE is no longer required for program admission. 

CSUSB Designation Raised to an R2 Doctoral University: High Research Activity

Cal State San Bernardino recently advanced to the category of Doctoral University: High Research Activity (R2), raising the university’s status to a “national university” from a “regional university” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Read more about the R2 designation in Inside CSUSB

Contact the CSUSB Doctoral Studies program for more information on earning a doctorate at CSUSB.

2019 Graduate Dr. Arturo HernandezThe Doctoral Program is located the College of Education Building2018 Graduate Dr. Cherina Betters

The Doctoral Program Scholar-Practitioners are leading educational change in the Inland Empire.


The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a program framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice. The program is designed to prepare educational leaders with the knowledge base and skills to lead reform efforts that result in improved student outcomes and educational transformation, particularly for our Inland Empire region.

This 3-year cohort-based program meets the needs of full-time professionals in the field of education, either PreK-12 or Community College/Higher Education careers. Courses are conveniently offered on weekends, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students attend every other weekend in Fall and Spring semesters, and every weekend during the Summer semester. Students from the Coachella Valley can attend Friday sessions through streaming (Zoom) from the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus; all other students are expected to attend in-person at the CSUSB San Bernardino Campus. Students are encouraged to identify a field-based problem of practice for their dissertation research.

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Applying to the Program

The application cycle for Fall 2024 admission will open October 2023! Review our Admissions page, attend an information session, and apply through Cal State Apply. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2024

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Interested in Learning about our Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program? 

Consider joining us, via Zoom, on one of the days listed below from 5:00 PM -6:00 PM to learn more. Our information sessions are led by Co-Directors, Dr. Enrique Murillo or Dr. Karen Escalante. The information sessions outline why to pursue an Ed.D., an overview of the program, and process for admissions. 


2023-2024 TBA 

All sessions held from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM via Zoom 

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Professional Development Opportunities for Current and Recent Doctoral Students

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Rancho Academy Partnership with CSUSB Ed.D. Program

The Rancho Academy was created by the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) – Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) to advance opportunities for current graduate students and recent doctoral graduates of diverse backgrounds to learn the ins and outs of the California Community College system. This program is a ten-week commitment at no cost and participants will be matched with a faculty or administrator mentor. 

All graduate students or recent doctoral graduates who are interested in starting a faculty or administrator career at the community college level are welcome to apply. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ to highly encouraged to apply. 

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Holmes Scholars Program

The Holmes Scholars Program at CSUSB, supported by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, provides a supportive environment to doctoral students traditionally underserved in higher education. The goal of the program is to provide mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities to Scholars, who will serve as outstanding candidates for future faculty and leadership positions. If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Karen Escalante by email at or Stacey Ortiz at or. Review a current list of our Ed.D. Program and Faculty Fellows for potential mentors. Applications will be accepted starting July through August 2023

Holmes Scholar Application

Holmes Scholar Opportunities

Connect with peers in the Ed.D. Doctoral Program

Engagement with faculty and/or Ed.D. Program Fellows in regular mentoring meetings

Membership in a national network of peers with access to dedicated online social networks

Mentoring opportunities by Holmes Scholar alumni currently in academia and other leadership positions

Opportunities to present their research at the AACTE Annual Meeting

Dedicated mentoring programs at the AACTE Annual Meeting

A job fair at the AACTE Annual Meeting and access to position announcements through the year

Annual Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute in Washington, DC, including participation in AACTE’s Day on the Hill and networking events associated with the AACTE State Leaders Institute

Attend the AACTE Holmes Scholars® Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium

Leadership and professional development opportunities at the school level, campus level, and national level, such as participation in conference presentations and policy/advocacy training

Holmes Scholar Expectations

Two-to three-year commitment to the CSUSB AACTE Holmes Scholars® program

Attendance to CSUSB AACTE Holmes Scholars® program meetings & sponsored events

Engagement in collaborative research with annual refereed publication and presentation deliverables

Excellent academic standing in your program

Collaboration with CSUSB faculty, community partners, and national educational partners

Participation in/facilitation of community-engaged projects

Engagement in selected specific professional organizations both locally and nationally

Annual attendance at the AACTE National Conference

Participation in at least one AACTE Summer Policy Institute

Peer-mentoring of a first-year Holmes Scholar (in years two and three)


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P.R.E.P. (Professional Resource and Engagement Program)

You've defined your future. Now PREP for it!

Professional Resource and Engagement Program (PREP) is a space for you as a CSUSB graduate student to take advantage of free workshops to develop professionally and personally. Your rigorous graduate program at CSUSB engages you in a rich academic experience and allows you to develop a high level of expertise. PREP prepares you to articulate how your academic expertise aligns with your personal and professional development. Your academic journey is a personal one as is your professional persona. PREP offers you a selection of seven categories as shown below. When you see a category that piques your interest based on your own needs, click the link to locate related PREP workshops as well as other relevant workshops across campus.


Research Support Resources

Doctoral Scholar-Practitioners can take advantage of CSUSB Pfau Library Educational Leadership Databases and Research Resources, including research appointments with Librarian, Lisa Bartle, research orientation materials, APA 7th Edition updates, and more! 

Educational Leadership Library Resources