Online Ed.D. Program Areas of Study

Applications to study in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL) online Ed.D. program starting in Fall 2018 are now being accepted through April 1, 2018. Students must select an area of study when applying or commit to an area of study soon after applying. 

Areas of Study

Students who have earned an online Ed.M. degree from Illinois should consult their EPOL advisers before selecting a cognate area to avoid course duplications. Other requirements to apply and successfully matriculate include:

  • A previously earned master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 64 total credit hours
  • 3 written qualifying exams
  • Doctoral dissertation

Admitted students will be assigned a faculty adviser and must come to campus for a preliminary exam and to defend their dissertation.

For more information about the online Ed.D. program, contact Peter Kuchinke at or Yook Pak at   

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