If you’re ready to take on the most challenging leadership roles in K-12 or higher education, the Doctor of Education will help you achieve those goals in as few as three years through our online, accelerated program designed for busy working professionals like you.

Grounded in a practical, rigorous, cutting-edge curriculum, our EdD program is designed to address the diverse needs of today’s most effective academic leaders. You’ll interact with seasoned administrators and leading education researchers who will provide the techniques, strategies, and knowledge you need to be an effective, dynamic leader. Our unique program allows you to begin your dissertation early in your studies, providing opportunities for more support from faculty and colleagues. Take your education career to the top.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Average salary for a public school principal at all grade levels

Program Length

3 years


  • Online
  • 2-week residencies during the summer at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Educators and administrators in K-12 or higher education who want to move into leadership roles

Career Paths

  • Superintendent
  • School Administrator
  • Provost
  • Dean
  • University Professor
  • University Senior Leader
  • Director of Curriculum & Instruction

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain hands-on experience while working with expert faculty and experienced, practicing teachers and administrators.
  • Learn how to partner with fellow educators, parents, policymakers, and communities to provide safe and effective learning environments.
  • Understand how to lead school districts and higher education institutions to deliver programs that prepare future generations to succeed personally, professionally, and publicly.
  • Create learning environments that prepare students for careers involving non-routine, analytic, and interactive skills.
  • Develop a robust professional network while learning within a community of peers.


  • Education Standards and Practices Board

    The graduate programs in Education at the University of Mary are accredited by the state of North Dakota’s Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB). The graduate Education programs are slated to meet all Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Advanced standards.

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the doctoral program. Admission is competitive and will be based on a total score, with the following included in the application score:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two references (include contact information as part of the application)
  • Interview with education program faculty
  • Completion of a proctored writing sample
  • Completion of GRE assessment or equivalent approved by faculty
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Official transcripts and the GRE Assessment or approved equivalent must be sent to the university.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

Cohorts are admitted every two years. The next cohort will begin in Summer 2021.

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