University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the Ed.D. Program

When is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted only once per year, and the deadline is January 15th. Applicants will be notified of the decision by April 15th.

Can credits be transferred into the program?

Up to nine credits of relevant coursework may be transferred into the Ed.D. program with the permission of the Studies Committee, and the Ed.D. Director. Courses must be recent and related to the overall goals of the Doctoral Program. This includes courses taken prior to admission in the Ed.D. program either at another institution, or at UVM.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Most of our students attend on a part-time basis completing their core courses, and electives within 3-4 years. The dissertation process from proposal writing through the dissertation defense differs for each student depending on the research design and time commitments. Generally students complete the entire program, including the dissertation within five years.

For students who attend the program on a full time basis, they are usually able to complete the course requirements and the dissertation in 3-3.5 years.

How many years do I have to complete the program?

The maximum number of years to complete the Ed.D. is 9 years.

What courses are required?

There are three core courses (9 credits) taken over 4 semesters. In addition to the 9 core credit hours students are required to take 4 additional research courses.

When are the courses offered?

Core courses and electives are offered during the fall and spring semesters, with some electives being offered over the summer.

Do you offer on-line courses?

On-line courses are not offered for the Ed.D. program.

What is the tuition?

For up to date information about tuition rates, please visit the Student Financial Services site.

Who are the students who comprise the cohort?

They are teachers, school leaders, adminitrators in higher education, and leaders in social service and non-profit organizations. They are adults with enormous experiences, and a desire to be a part of an intellectual and caring learning community to promote change.

What are the major requirements of the program?

Students are required to complete 9 hours of core courses over four semesters. After these courses are completed, students complete a comprehensive examination associated with the core courses.

A Qualifying paper is also required prior to advancing to the research dissertation process.The format for the paper is a literature review on a research topic related to the student’s area of interest.

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