Doctor of Education (EdD)

The EdD program at the University of Michigan-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.

Flexible Format
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.

Expert Faculty
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.

Small Cohorts
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.

U-M Resources
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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in an education-related program from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 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 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 the International Students page for details. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

*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*) 
  • August 1 (final deadline)

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