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Doctorate in Education

With the University of Missouri-Columbia

Northwest and the University of Missouri-Columbia offer a cooperative doctoral degree in leadership. The degree, which will be awarded by the University of Missouri, is a cohort design and requires two summers of coursework on the University of Missouri campus. The remainder of the courses in the fall and spring are taught on the Northwest campus or at Northwest-Kansas City. It is estimated that the completion of the degree will take three to five years.

Admission to the program is determined by a state-wide committee. Coursework is competency based, focuses on leadership, and requires the completion of a dissertation. This advanced degree does not lead to certification. Students involved in the program will be expected to have access to a personal computer and to the Internet, conference call capacities, and other appropriate technologies.

Program Characteristics

  • Students will progress through the program as a cohort.
  • Students from Northwest's region will be in a site cohort at various locations including MU, St. Joseph, Kansas City and other northwest Missouri locales.
  • Coursework will be completed in six contiguous semesters, beginning in the summer and concluding in the winter semester two years later.
  • Dissertation research will follow the two years of coursework.
  • Coursework instruction will occur at each regional site during the fall and winter

Participating Universities

  • Missouri State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Missouri-Rolla



Dr. Timothy Wall
School of Education
800 University Drive
Brown Hall 211
Maryville, MO 64468-60001
Phone: 660.562.1179

Dr. Nissa Ingraham
School of Education
800 University Drive
Brown Hall 207
Maryville, MO 64468-60001
Phone: 660.562.1776


Amy Wilson
Secretary of Doctoral Program
Professional Education Unit
800 University Drive
Administration Building 374
Maryville, MO 64468-60001  
Phone: 660.562.1095

Additional Resources

For more information on the specific courses of the program, please refer to the materials below.