Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

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Admissions Info & Deadlines

July 2014

For priority consideration, apply by May 23, 2014 for July 2014.
All applications received after May 23, 2014 will be considered on a space available basis.

Prospective students should send all application materials to:
Kim Cotton
Union Institute & University
440 E McMillan Street
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Transferring Credits

Up to 12 semester hour credits (the equivalent of four (4) doctoral level courses) from a regionally accredited university are eligible to be reviewed by an admissions committee for approval of transfer. The transfer courses must have been completed in the past five (5) years with an equivalent grade of “B” or above. Courses applied toward an earned master’s degree are not eligible to be reviewed for transfer.

A Transfer Credit Petition Form and official transcripts for courses considered for transfer must be submitted as part of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership or Higher Education application package. Union Institute & University reserves the right to apply, or not apply, acceptable transfer credit toward its degree requirements. In no case will transfer credit negate the 36 month time in program length. Union Institute & University operates on a 6 month term system; therefore, courses taken at colleges operating on the quarter system are converted to semester credit hours.

Admissions Criteria

To successfully apply to the Union Institute & University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, applicants must have completed the following.

  • An earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. While it is expected that most applicants will hold master’s degrees in education, individuals with master’s degree in related fields, such as business, health sciences, engineering, and other professional areas as well as arts and sciences may also be considered.
  • A minimum of one graduate research course appropriate for an individual preparing to begin a doctoral study program.

The complete application will include the following

  • Completed application form, signed and dated by the applicant (Apply online)
  • Application fee (current fee is $50.00, non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary educational institutions
  • Three (3) letters of reference, written by individuals able to attest to the applicant’s knowledge and experience in the field of education. At least one of these letters must be submitted by an individual with a doctorate in the field of education or a related field.

An application portfolio, to include:

  • Cover letter requesting consideration for admission
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Please write an admissions essay in the form of an intellectual autobiography of approximately five pages with a minimum of five references using APA format. The essay should indicate factors which led you to pursue the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program—including the intellectual, academic and theoretical dimensions of your biography. Your references should primarily include books and journal articles from well-known scholars and professionals in the field, indicating how these are informing your current thinking about education and leadership. Personal references, such as influences of family and friends, are usually too individualized for the purposes of this essay; however, if these influences play a significant role intellectually in your continuing engagement in your doctoral studies, they may be included as brief references.

The essay should deal with the following

  • Your current level of preparation.
  • What have you accomplished thus far (e.g. study, reading, professional experience) that has prepared you for doctoral studies?
  • How does your current practice and anticipated study relate to issues of leadership and social justice?

The outcomes you anticipate from completing the program:

  • How might your enhanced scholarship augment your personal and professional life?
  • How will the completion of this program benefit the profession and/or the institutions in which you serve?

Your life beyond the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program

  • How will this program contribute to and shape your future?

Developing and Writing the Admissions Essay:
This essay should be an example of your best academic writing and thinking, and should include the following attributes at an exemplary level:

  • A proficient introduction which states the educational issues you will be discussing.
  • A well researched presentation applying ideas from at least five scholarly sources (i.e., not websites or popular magazines).
  • Consistent connections among topics, subtopics, evidence and arguments/counterarguments.
  • Solid transition between paragraphs.
  • Substantial development of subtopics.
  • Proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Proper APA format, consistently used.