Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program Apart?

The EdD program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a confident, inspiring, and effective administrator in K-12 or higher education. Discover how our well-rounded program will help you achieve your greatest goals.


UM-Flint’s Doctor of Education program is specifically designed for K-12 educators looking to build upon their background and skills, as well as for those interested in administration roles in higher education. The program also prepares administrators at the building level who are interested in a central office position in a variety of areas featuring, but not limited to, Human Relations, Finance, Curriculum, or as Superintendents. Furthermore, graduates in the program can possibly pursue a career in higher education as a professor or administrator.


The program’s flexible, part-time, online/weekend format is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and facilitate their success in the program. The EdD blends online coursework with an on-campus* class held one Saturday per month, and is well-paced for candidates to achieve completion in as little as three years.

*For the Fall 2020 semester, all four Saturday cohort meetings will take place completely online in a synchronous Blackboard learning environment. There will not be any on-campus meetings this fall. 

  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12

Listen to what one our students has to say about the EdD program:


All courses are taught by expert faculty who bring extensive real-world knowledge and experience to their instruction. As you complete the EdD, you’ll have access to local administration and curriculum experts who share best practices in leading classrooms and schools.


You’ll complete the EdD program with a small cohort of fellow students who share your passion for leadership in education. This cohort structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Coursework emphasizes team-based project work that allows for networking while improving collaborative and communication skills.


UM-Flint is a part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, making it possible for students to tap into additional resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses. 



A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and passing grades in all courses are required.

A. Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EDL 800 - Survey of Research Theory, Design, and Methods (3)
  • EDL 801 - Educational Policy (3)
  • EDL 803 - School Law and Equity Issues (3)
  • EDL 844 - Professional Standards and Community Relations (3)
  • EDL 856 - School Finance, Business and Human Resources Management (3)

B. Research Sequence (6 credits)

One of:

  • EDL 804 - Quantitative Research Methods I & II (6)
  • EDL 805 - Qualitative Research I & II (6)

C. Comprehensive Examinations

Course study leads up to the oral comprehensive examination for the doctoral degree. A student must pass the Comprehensive Examinations before moving on to the Dissertation I. Comprehensive Exams must be passed within one year after all required core courses and research courses have been completed.

D. Dissertation (13 credits)

  • EDL 990 - Dissertation I Research and Prospectus (1-6)
  • EDL 995 - Dissertation II (1-6)

Additional information on the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



  • Completion of an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in an education-related program from a regionally accredited university.
  • A minimum overall graduate school grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, or 6.0 on a 9.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in a P-16 educational institution or in an education-related position.

Admission decisions are made by the program director in consultation with the program faculty. The requirements above are necessary, but not necessarily sufficient for admission; admission is not guaranteed. Depending upon the program size in any given year, admission may be competitive.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission*
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)*
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from colleges and universities where graduate work was completed as well as those where you completed your bachelor's degree and/or work toward your teaching and/or administrative certifications
  • An essay of at least 1000 words describing your reasons for seeking admission to the program
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarly writing sample in the form of a 10+ page research paper or equivalent published research article that will be used to assess your ability to perform scholarly research and writing
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from the following: 1) professional peer, 2) professional supervisor, 3) community leader, or 4) graduate study faculty.  All letters should speak to your academic and leadership abilities
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings one Saturday per month. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

*Alumni of a UM-Flint graduate program or a Rackham graduate program (any campus) may substitute the Change of Program or Dual Degree Application which requires no application fee.

Application Deadlines

Program faculty will review applications twice annually after each of the following dates:

  • April 1 (early admission*) 
  • July 1 (final deadline)

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.