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.

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 Senior Leader

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.


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    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; 2013). The graduate Education programs are slated to meet all Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Advanced standards newly adopted by ND ESPB by our next accreditation visit in Spring 2021.

Program Details

Your first step to apply for the EdD is to submit the application for admission. 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 professional letters of recommendation
  • 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 -  Your official transcripts and any test scores that may be required by your program to be sent to the university. Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504

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

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Online
  • 2-week residencies during the summer at our main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $700 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

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