Doctoral Completion Program, Ed.D.

The purpose of the Edgewood College Doctoral Completion Program is to provide students with advanced graduate work in an accredited education or leadership program the opportunity to complete their dissertation and earn an Ed.D. We assist All But Dissertation (ABD) students in completing their dissertation, culminating in an Ed.D. degree.

We emphasize four key components with our students: 1) course work specifically focused on the dissertation, 2) research and writing guidance, 3) intensive one-on-one advising, and 4) peer support via a cohort model. The Edgewood College Doctoral Completion Program offers support, expert guidance, and a trusting community of learners with the aim of producing scholarly researchers, academic writers, and Edgewood College leaders.

Program Overview

  • 30-credit program, ending in an Ed.D. and dissertation. With steady enrollment and progress, students can complete the program in 18-24 months.
  • 21 credits of formal coursework and 9 credits of dissertation work with advising.
  • An example of course sequencing beginning in Fall 2020.


  • Offered in a blended format, the Doctoral Completion Program will combine classroom learning with online support.
  • Both Blackboard and Web Ex, a video conferencing tool, support our online learning environment. Learn more about how online learning works and the expectations of a successful online learner.

Admission Requirements

Application deadline - The priority application deadline for the Doctoral Completion Program, Ed.D is July 15, 2020. Applications received after July 15 will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis. Complete and submit the Ed.D. application (Contact your admission counselor to find out how to apply for free.).

Admissions to the Doctoral Completion Program are based on a holistic assessment of prior learning, professional experience, and commitment to completion of the degree. Admissions requirements include:

  • Transcript(s) of 24 post master’s degree credits. Credits must:
    • be earned within the last 20 years
    • be doctoral level credits earned at a regionally accredited institution
    • be in an education-related or educational leadership field (*applicants who have significant work experience in the field of education or educational leadership who earned doctoral credits in a field other than education may be considered for acceptance)
    • demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0 in doctoral level course work
  • Dissertation Prospectus that includes
    • a clear and supported articulation of a research problem to be examined through a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research study
    • a description that outlines the purpose of the study
    • a description of the research method(s) that will be utilized to collect data
    • an initial plan for carrying out the study
  • Admissions interview with members of the doctoral faculty
  • CV or resume
  • Contact information for 3 references who can speak to the students’ academic potential and professional work

Admission to the Doctoral Completion Program occurs in the Spring, orientation happens in August, and the first class begins in the Fall semester. If accepted for admission, the student will work directly with a research team faculty member to develop a plan of study. The plan of study outlines specific courses and dissertation products necessary for completion of the program. The plan of study will be individually tailored to account for the student’s prior course work and professional experience. Students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress according to their plan of study. Students will typically complete the program within 18 months. Successful completion of the program occurs when students complete their designated plan of study, carry out their research project, and defend their dissertation to a committee of faculty.


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Joann Eastman
(608) 663-3250