Frequently Asked Questions

Time Commitment Questions

Is it possible to enroll in the EdD program on a part-time basis while maintaining a full-time job?

Yes, the program is designed for the working professional. That being said, it is a doctoral program and students will be expected to devote meaningful time to the required coursework and the research necessary to successfully complete the required dissertation study. Please refer to the description of the Applied Dissertation for details.

What is the expected timeframe for completion of the program?

Students are expected to finish in three years. Students who opt for a longer duration may take up to five years to complete the program coursework. Students are required to complete their dissertation within seven years of entering the program. Please refer to the Program of Study for details of the coursework and length of program.

NOTE: Students who opt for a longer duration program will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Students must enroll for at least 4.5 credits (effectively 6 credits) each semester to be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Program Format Questions

Is the program completely online, without any additional classroom time?

Yes, coursework is completely online. Courses include both asynchronous and synchronous components which will vary by course.

When will the program begin?

The 2018 cohort will begin with the EdD Program Orientation held in Baltimore during late July or early August. Students are strongly encouraged to attend. Fall 2018 courses will begin the last week of August. The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks in duration. The summer session is 12 weeks in duration.

Is there a residency requirement?

Yes. The program includes 3-day summer residencies in late July or early August for the three years of the program. Attendance at the Orientation/Residency program each year is strongly encouraged. These residencies will allow for face-to-face interactions with faculty and other students as well as time for activities related to the EdD program requirements. For those who are unable to attend in person, we will be videotaping the information sessions for viewing later on the program site.

Admissions Questions

In order to be considered for the program, do all the requirements need to be sent to Admissions by the deadline?

Yes, all requirements must be in the Office of Admissions by 5:00 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline. Completed applications will be reviewed by the EdD Admissions Committee in the order in which they are received from the Office of Admissions. We suggest applying early rather than waiting until the deadline to apply or to send supporting documents. We will not consider applications completed after 5:00 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline.

What if my master's degree is less than 36 credits? Can I still apply?

Yes, students who do not have the required 36 master’s credits may be admitted on a conditional basis and are strongly encouraged to complete the additional graduate-level credits at an accredited college or university before beginning the program in late August. It is recommended that these students take an introductory master’s level statistics/research methods course. Students who elect to take the additional credits while in the doctoral program will be required to pay doctoral tuition (currently $1422 per credit) for these additional credits.

I took courses at another school that transferred into my degree program and are listed on the degree transcript. Do I still need to send a transcript from the other school for these courses?

Yes, SOE requires transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

What is my first step as an international student?

International students should visit the following webpage for information ( Please note, this program is not eligible for student visa sponsorship.

What are the pre-requisites for participating in this program?

Students admitted to this program are expected to have completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The master’s degree should have a minimum of 36 credits. Students who do not have the required 36 master’s credits may be admitted on a conditional basis and are encouraged to complete the additional graduate-level credits at an accredited college or university before beginning the program in late August.

What types of candidates and backgrounds are you considering?

The online EdD program is designed to prepare an exceptional corps of educational practitioners, both nationally and internationally, who can set a high standard for leadership in education and are equipped to meet the vast challenges associated with improving both public and private educational environments. We anticipate enrolling practicing educators from a variety of backgrounds including K-16 instruction as well as administrators from the education industry.

Will students be admitted as a cohort?

Yes and no, students are admitted into a specific specialization, which may remain together as a cohort (e.g., Mind, Brain and Teaching or Urban Leadership) completing the degree in 3 years. Students also have the option of lengthening their program by taking a lighter course load at specific times during the program. Students must complete coursework within five (5) years and their dissertation study within seven (7) years of entering the program.

If admitted to the cohort, will I have the option to defer to the next cohort?

No, an offer of admission is for the specific cohort for which an application was submitted. An applicant may accept or decline the admission offer. Deferral is not an option. Admission to the next cohort requires submitting an application, application fee and supporting materials for that cohort.

Cost Questions

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program includes tuition plus additional fees. Tuition for AY2017-2018 is $4265 per course (18 courses) but tuition may increase for the next academic year. Updates to the tuition and required fees will be posted on the website

Are scholarships available to reduce the cost of tuition?

Yes, EdD program scholarships are available that ranged from $500-$2000 per semester. Students do not need to apply for these scholarships. These scholarships are merit-based and are awarded to select students by the EdD Admissions Committee. International students are eligible for these scholarships.

SOE offers a limited number of institutional scholarships to students each year. Priority consideration is given to students who exhibit financial need, are not receiving other tuition support, and have not previously received school scholarships. Selection is based primarily on financial need, but scholastic merit is also considered. To apply for SOE scholarships, please see our grants and scholarships page.

International students are not eligible for SOE scholarships.

Where can I learn more about financial aid opportunities?

Financial aid opportunities can be found on the following website

Can payments be made in installments?

Yes, tuition can be paid through a payment plan. Information regarding this plan may be found at the following website:

Curriculum Questions

Are transfer credits accepted?

To earn the EdD, the student must have a total of 90 graduate credits. We accept 36 transfer credits from the student’s master’s degree upon admission. Students with post-master’s graduate credit completed prior to program admission in related education content may petition for an additional 6 transfer credits of equivalent coursework with appropriate documentation and the approval of the Director of the program. Thus students must complete between 48 and 54 credits at the doctoral level at JHU.

The EdD Admissions Committee will review transcripts as part of the application process. Should there be a question regarding the master’s credits, the committee will notify the applicant. Otherwise, the committee will accept the applicant’s credit with the decision to admit.

What is the relationship between the students' context of professional practice and the applied dissertation?

Students are expected to write their dissertation based on a Problem of Practice that has emerged from their work within their context of professional practice. The students’ educational organizations are expected to provide the student with resources, access to a research environment and target audience, and non-proprietary data and records. The School of Education does not provide students with a site to conduct research.