Frequently Asked Questions

Time Commitment

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

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. The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks in duration. The summer session is 12 weeks in duration.

When will the program begin?
We admit a new cohort to begin the program every Fall. Each new cohort will be granted access to a Blackboard cohort site in early June where they are required to complete a series of extensive pre-orientation modules. These modules must be completed by mid-July in order for students to begin the program. The EdD Program Orientation will be held in Baltimore during late July or early August. Students are strongly encouraged to attend. Fall courses will begin the last week of August.
Is there a residency requirement?

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. We will be recording the information sessions and make them available on the program site. For those who are unable to attend in person, viewing these orientation videos is mandatory.

What are pre-orientation modules?

Pre‐orientation modules are designed to prepare students to begin their study in the EdD program. They will include:

  1. Research Methods modules
  2. Library modules
  3. Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative CITI)
  4. VoiceThread/Qualtrics

These are mandatory tasks that are to be completed by mid‐July. Students who do not complete the modules by the deadline will be dropped from the program roster.


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 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 incomplete applications after 5 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 apply for the program. If admitted, students may complete the additional graduate-level credits at an accredited college or university before beginning the program in late August. Alternatively, students may take the additional credits within the doctoral program.

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?

Information for international students can be found on our International Applicants web page.
Please note, this program is not eligible for student visa sponsorship.

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

The EdD program is designed specifically for the practicing educator. We require applicants to be currently working within an educational context in order to be able to investigate a “Problem of Practice” within that context as the basis for the dissertation. Please visit the requirements for admission

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.

What is a Problem of Practice and how do I identify a problem within my context?

Please visit the Applied Dissertation page for more information.

What is an executive sponsor?

The executive sponsor should be one of the references. This individual should be context specific and be able to help the student navigate the context to conduct research, and facilitate the data collection process. Students should expect to have a couple of conversations with their executive sponsor throughout the duration of the program.

Please make sure that in the letter of recommendation, this individual should attest to the applicant’s qualifications to pursue a doctorate, impact on his or her professional practice and knowledge of and support for the applicant’s area of research/Problem of Practice. This executive sponsor should also understand that the student will do research within his/her professional context.

Can I select the Mind, Brain, and Teaching (MBT) specialization if I already have a certificate in MBT?

No, graduates of the Mind, Brain, and Teaching certificates program will not be considered for the MBT specialization. If you would still like to apply for the program, you will have to align your problem of practice with a different specialization.

Can I apply as a Gates Scholar?

Yes, the program will accommodate Gates Scholars in order for them to meet their scholarship requirements. Students with this scholarship will have to take two EdD courses and one master’s level course each semester with the exception of the first summer semester.

What is the online Kira interview and what does it consist of?

Applicants will be required to complete an online interview on Kira Talent. This interview is completely virtual and automated. Upon submitting the application, resume, and essay, applicants will receive a link to check‐in.

After checking in, applicants will have the opportunity to complete practice questions. Please note that the practice questions will not resemble the actual interview questions. This is merely to familiarize the applicant with the Kira Talent platform.

The actual interview will consist of two video questions recorded by EdD faculty and two writing prompts. Applicants will have two minutes to prepare and two minutes to respond to each video question and 20 minutes to respond to each writing prompt.


What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program includes tuition plus additional fees. Please visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for more information.
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?

Information regarding financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid website.

Can payments be made in installments?

Yes, tuition can be paid through a payment plan. More information can be found on the Tuition Payment webpage.


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.