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Programme Duration

3 Years

Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy

The broad goal of the PhD Educational Leadership programmes is to produce educational leaders with broad-based knowledge, disposition, and skills and the right attitude for educational leadership at all levels of education in Ghana and the sub-region to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century education.


The specific objectives for the PhD programme are to:

  • Train graduates to demonstrate competence in research in the area of educational leadership.
  • Equip graduates with the skills to explore educational leadership roles and challenges faced by educational institutions.
  • Acquire skills in design, implementation and evaluation of leadership curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for direct entry into the PhD programme:

  • Research master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Administration in Higher Education.
  • Non-research master’s degree with CGPA of 3.5 or better, with not more than one grade C+ or lower and B+ or better in Research Methods.

Target Group

Graduates of this programme are likely to be employed by the following institutions:

  • Ministries of Education
  • Education Units and Departments 
  • Private and Public Universities 
  • Colleges of Education 
  • Private and Public Basic and Secondary schools
  • Health Training Institutions 
  • Business/Industry 
  • NGOs


A successful applicant will be offered probationary admission as Postgraduate Research Student for the first year. Students may progress to the second year (thesis phase) as MPhil/PhD students after having satisfied the following conditions:

  • Taken and passed all required courses including academic writing (if not already taken).
  • Obtained a CGPA of 2.5 or better for MPhil candidates.
  • Successfully defended a research proposal for the level (Master’s/Doctoral).

Programme Structure

The PhD is a Post-MPhil programme by research and normally done in 3 academic years of six semesters.

All PhD students shall take at least two additional courses (minimum of 6 credits) in Year 1 (any semester as suitable). The courses will include Advanced Research Methods and an elective in the content area of Educational Leadership or Academic Writing if they have not already taken them.