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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
- They immediately continue on to complete their Doctor of Education degree.
- The Ed.D. is a 63 credit hour program and includes qualifying exams and a
- The program is taught face-to-face at selected CMU Off-Campus Centers
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores are
Designed for upper-level administrators at the higher education level:
- College and university administrators
- Department Chairpersons
- Budget Officers
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
- 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:
- A completed CMU Off-Campus graduate application
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate
- $50.00 application fee
- A completed Portfolio containing:
- A current résumé detailing professional educational experience.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores no
more than 5 years old.
- A short essay describing the relationship between the
applicant’s professional goals and the Ed.D. program.
- A description of a professional problem the applicant has
encountered and an analysis of the resolution of that problem.
- 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.
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 Prerequisite Series
Concentration (12 credit hours)
- EDL 636 Higher Education Law
- EDL 676 Administration of
- EDL 765 Organizational Change in
- EDL 876 Higher Education Policy
Cognate (9 credit hours)
- EDL 763 Academic Profession
- EDL 764 Financing Higher Education
- EDL 778 Contemporary Issues in
Internship (3 credit hours)
RResearch Requirements (9 credit hours)
- EDL 700 Advanced Administrative
- EDL 800 Qualitative Analysis in
- EDL 801 Quantitative Analysis in
Academic Core (15 credit hours)
- EDL 815 Ethical Leadership
- EDL 855 Organizational Culture and
Change in Educational Institutions
- EDL 860 Organizational Theory in
- EDL 899 Doctoral Seminar (6 credit
Dissertation (15 credit hours)
- EDL 897 Dissertation Proposal
- EDL 898 Dissertation (12 credit
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:
- The proposal review in which there is a formal defense of the
- Conduct the research, analyze the results, and write the final
- An oral defense of the dissertation.
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