Program Description

The SF State University program is distinguished by

An accelerated timeline (3 years) to complete course work and dissertation.

A focus on closing the opportunity gap, equity, access, and social justice for diverse learners.
A distinguished multi-disciplinary faculty and perspectives from six colleges within the university.

Student learning within a cohort community where students attend class and work on projects together every other weekend year-around.

The integration of theory and practice, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and evaluation of promising practices to inform evidence-based decision-making.


The SF State doctoral program in Educational Leadership focuses on transformative leadership, social justice, and equity. Learn more about how we incorporate that into classroom and research work.

Transformative Leadership

Social Justice & Equity


Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges