Educational Administration and Leadership (Ed.D.)


The dissertation is the final culminating project of your doctoral studies. It should reflect the knowledge you’ve gained through the program and focus on a topic you are passionate about that contributes to the field of higher education. You design the study, obtain or develop data collection tools, conduct your study, analyze the results and write your findings. 

Graduate Studies Policies and Guidelines

The School of Graduate Studies includes the guidelines, submission directions, guidelines and timelines for completion as well as tips and workshops for students doing their Culminating Experience.

The St. Cloud State Institutional Review Board ensures that any research project that involves human subjects is in compliance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The board’s website includes application forms, training modules and information to assist you.

Tips to help plan your dissertation schedule

Culminating Experience Resources

The University Library contains numerous resources available to help you with your research. The library also offers study rooms, equipment check out and personal assistance. 

Other Resources

St. Cloud State’s The Writing Center offers individualized help and additional online writing resources.

Dissertation Research Examples

Many past dissertation projects can be found in the Repository. Use these as examples that you can review for ideas about formatting and designing your own dissertation project.