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Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

The College of Education at Illinois is home to one of the nation’s top-ranked online graduate education programs. Upon program completion, your diploma will include the following: Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Transcripts will include Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and your program concentration.

To apply for the Doctor of Education program, you must have the following:

  • A previously earned master’s degree from an accredited institution  
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0  
  • Academic Statement  
  • Personal Statement  
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae  
  • 3 Letters of Reference  
  • Transcripts

Please refer to the How to Apply webpage for more details on application requirements.

To graduate, students must complete the following:

  • 64 total credit hours
  • Two written qualifying examinations
  • Preliminary and final oral examinations
  • A Doctoral Dissertation

For a complete list of program requirements, please visit the Doctor of Education section of the Graduate Handbook. Admitted students will be assigned a faculty advisor.   

Program Details

Course Format: Fully Online  | Credit Hours: 64  |  Course Duration: 8 weeks (Fall & Spring); 6 weeks (Summer)

Tuition Costs: $510 per credit hour* | Financial Aid: All students are encouraged to apply.

EdD Application Deadline: Fall Admission Only. Fall Application Deadline is April 15th.

Diversity & Equity in Education

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

A social-justice oriented program that aims at providing educators with transformative approaches with transformative approaches to issues related to diversity and equity in P-16 learning environments.

Global Studies in Education

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Deals with global change and education from social justice and critical democracy perspectives. Focuses on the globalization of policy, pedagogy in different contexts including online environments, and children and youth studies.

Human Resource Development

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Provides the knowledge and applied processes used to improve workplace performance and individual learning in organizations.

International Education Administration & Leadership

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Trains professionals to lead, develop, implement, and evaluate international programming and internationalization activities in business/industry and postsecondary settings, in both private and public sectors.

Learning Design & Leadership

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Provides educators and training/learning development professionals the opportunity to learn how to create more engaging learning environments by integrating new media technologies.

Weekly Online Synchronous Sessions

The program consists of online video synchronous sessions that typically meet once per week, Monday - Thursday, anytime between 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm CT. These sessions are required and are designed for you to interact with your course instructors and peers synchronously for enriched learning experiences.  

Application Deadlines

Completed applications, including all additional materials requested, are due by the following application dates.


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*Tuition and fees are direct costs charged by the university. The cost of attendance also includes indirect cost allowances for food, housing, books, supplies, and other expenses. You will not be billed by the university for these costs unless you live in university housing.  Use the Illinois Cost Calculator for an estimated cost of attendance.** 


** Note: Online students will only be charged tuition at the rate of $510 per credit hour. Tuition rates are subject to change.