FAQ

Is the doctoral program completely online?

The online doctoral program is 100% online. Professors utilize Blackboard for coursework and AdobeConnect for web conferences. You are never required to be on campus.

How many hours are required to complete the doctoral program?

A total of 60 hours of coursework must be completed to earn a Doctor of Education degree.

How long will it take me to graduate?

The doctoral program is designed to be completed within eight semesters, including fall, spring and summer semesters. All coursework, including the dissertation defense, that counts toward the degree must be completed within a 10-year time frame.

How much cost is incurred for a regular fall or spring semester during the doctoral program? What is the cost of the program?

All students in the doctoral program pay in-state tuition rates regardless of residency. Please visit Tuition Information for information regarding fees and tuition.

Is the program designed to cater to the working professional?

Yes. The majority of doctoral students are full-time, working professionals.

My GRE score is over five years old. Must I re-take it to be considered for the program?

Yes. If your score is more than five years old, you will be required to retake the exam. 

What are the selection criteria to be accepted to the program?

  1. GRE (V + Q)
  2. GPA X 200 + GRE (V + Q) = or > 1450
    • 1450 is the minimum score accepted – scores of less than 1450 receive no points.
    • ETS provides a concordance table to convert new scores to old score numbers for this formula: GRE scores 
  1. Department Application
    • A writing sample addressing the following topic: "The most pressing and current educational leadership issue."

      This writing sample should only be one page (single spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman). It should contain at least three paragraphs. The Admissions Committee will evaluate the writing sample based on the following criteria: organization, paragraph development and mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation).

    • A copy of your current resume/vita.