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Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

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Online Doctoral Programs: 

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.   


Tuition and fees

The tuition for online programs is $500.00 per credit hour, effective Fall 2022. Note: Tuition is subject to change. See the Office of the Registrar page for complete information on tuition and fees. 

Weekly Online Synchronous Sessions

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

Preliminary and Final Exam

Remote participation for the preliminary or final exam is permitted for online Doctor of Education students only.  Students must follow the guidelines in the  Graduate College Handbook.  

Application Deadlines

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


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