Graduate School of Education

Doctoral Degrees - Ph.D. and Ed.D.

The Graduate School of Education offers the Ph.D. in Education with three options:

We offer two Ed.D. degrees:

In choosing a terminal degree in education, applicants should recognize that while both require a commitment to research, the Ph.D. is focused on research which makes an original contribution to the field and has a national perspective, while Ed.D. research will generally have pertinence in a local context (e.g. the candidate’s school district or regional districts) and will emphasize the application of theory to the world of practice. 

General Requirements

The Ph.D. requires the completion of 60 credits beyond the master’s degree. At least 50% of the degree is focused on research courses, research preparation and dissertation research.

The Ed.D. requires the completion of 48 credits beyond the master’s degree. The candidate must complete 12 credits of dissertation research as well as required research courses.

In order to complete either degree, candidates must: 

  1. Complete the required minimum number of credits in the specified program, 
  2. Complete all course requirements with a cumulative grade point average of B or better,
  3. Have no more than 2 courses below the grade of B counted toward their degree,
  4. Pass two doctoral examinations,
  5. Satisfactorily complete and defend a dissertation proposal, 
  6. Satisfactorily complete and defend the dissertation,
  7. Submit all required paperwork at each stage of the degree, 
  8. Maintain continuing matriculation if not enrolled in coursework or dissertation research credit,
  9. Conform to all Human Subjects requirements for research as specified by the Institutional Research Board (IRB),
  10. Complete the program within eight years from the date of admission.