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Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree is recommended for postsecondary leaders who administer within a college or university.

  • Candidates accepted into this program first take a Doctoral Prerequisite Series of courses.
  • They immediately continue on to complete their Doctor of Education degree.

Program format:

  • The Ed.D. is a 63 credit hour program and includes qualifying exams and a dissertation
  • The program is taught face-to-face at selected CMU Off-Campus Centers
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores are required

Designed for upper-level administrators at the higher education level:

  • College and university administrators
  • Department Chairpersons
  • Deans
  • Provosts
  • Budget Officers
  • Presidents

This degree progression is currently offered at our Clinton Township Center. Applicants with an earned Ed.S. degree from an accredited university may be able to join the program after the cohort has completed the cycle of Doctoral Prerequisite Courses.

Admission Requirements

  •  An earned master’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three years of professional educational experience

A completed application packet for the Ed.D. degree program must include:

  1. A completed CMU Off-Campus graduate application
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate
  3. $50.00 application fee
  4. A completed Portfolio containing:
    1. A current résumé detailing professional educational experience.
    2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores no more than 5 years old.
    3.  A short essay describing the relationship between the applicant’s professional goals and the Ed.D. program.
    4.  A description of a professional problem the applicant has encountered and an analysis of the resolution of that problem.
    5. Three letters of recommendation (dated and on letterhead) that attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program. An interview may also be required of applicants in the Ed.D. program.

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Program Requirements

Progress through the program is based on obtaining satisfactory grades ( a 3.25 GPA overall), passing written and oral comprehensive exams, and completing a doctoral dissertation.

Doctoral Prerequisite Series

Concentration (12 credit hours)

  • EDL 636 Higher Education Law
  • EDL 676 Administration of Community Colleges
  • EDL 765 Organizational Change in Educational Institutions
  • EDL 876 Higher Education Policy

Cognate (9 credit hours)

  • EDL 763 Academic Profession
  • EDL 764 Financing Higher Education
  • EDL 778 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

Internship (3 credit hours)

  • EDL 880 Administrative Internship

Doctoral Requirements

RResearch Requirements (9 credit hours)

  • EDL 700 Advanced Administrative Research
  • EDL 800 Qualitative Analysis in Educational Leadership
  • EDL 801 Quantitative Analysis in Educational Leadership

Academic Core (15 credit hours)

  • EDL 815 Ethical Leadership
  • EDL 855 Organizational Culture and Change in Educational Institutions
  • EDL 860 Organizational Theory in Educational Institutions
  • EDL 899 Doctoral Seminar (6 credit hours)

Dissertation (15 credit hours)

  • EDL 897 Dissertation Proposal Writing
  • EDL 898 Dissertation (12 credit hours)

Qualifying Exams

Students will be expected to take written qualifying exams upon the completion of their academic core courses. Comprehensive review of all program materials is completed with the successful defense of the student’s dissertation proposal. At this point, students are advanced to candidacy.


The student will complete three steps in the dissertation process:

  1. The proposal review in which there is a formal defense of the dissertation proposal;
  2. Conduct the research, analyze the results, and write the final document;
  3. An oral defense of the dissertation.


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CMU Online - Webinar, Ed.D. degree, Tuesday, 10/13/2015, 5-6 p.m.

Join us online for a Webinar on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET. We'll be discussing the online Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and what it can do for you!

CMU Online - Webinar, Ed.D. degree, Monday, 12/14/2015, 5-6 p.m.

Join us online for a Webinar on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET. We'll be discussing the online Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and what it can do for you!

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