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EdD Doctorate in Education


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Take your leadership to the next level

Hamline’s Doctorate in Education (EdD) program is designed for working professionals from a variety of sectors, including K-12 and higher education, as well as public and private educational organizations. Hamline’s EdD program will challenge you to grow personally and professionally in a responsive learning climate among a community of learners that capitalizes on the skills and expertise of its faculty and students.

With Hamline's EdD program, you will:

  • Engage your active learning skills through deep immersion in collaboration, synthesis, and research
  • Build upon and develop your ability to understand and respond to current educational challenges
  • Expand your skills as a researcher through exposure to a range of methods
  • Reflect upon, refine, and articulate who you are as an educator to develop a carefully examined education-focused worldview
  • Explore how to become an agent of change on issues of social justice and equity in education

What will it take?

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August 25, 2025

Doctorate in Education program details

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EdD Start dates and application deadlines

Applications are reviewed after the application deadline.

Apply by August 1, 2024: We'll review your application and work with you to determine if you can start the program in an upcoming term (fall 2024, spring 2025, summer 2025) to get started on your elective coursework, or begin with the cohort coursework in Fall 2025.

Check back for more upcoming deadlines and possible dates to start your elective coursework.

How to Apply

Fall 2025 Cohort Courses Start

Doctorate of Education (EdD) program format

Hamline's EdD is a hybrid program, with classes offered synchronously online as well as in-person. Online classes meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, while in-person classes meet on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Time to complete your Doctorate of Education (EdD)

The typical time to complete the Doctorate of Education (EdD) is 4-5 years. You’ll complete your coursework in approximately three years and then take an additional one to two years to complete your dissertation.

Doctorate of Education (EdD) courses

Core coursework

Year one (six courses)


  • GED 8501 – The Learning Organization (4 credits)
  • GED 8502 – Educational Foundations (4 credits)


  • GED 8505 – Leadership (4 credits)
  • GED 8514 – Doctoral Writing Seminar (4 credits)


  • GED 8513 – Paideia Seminar: Knowledge Construction (2 credits)
  • GED 8515 – Paideia Seminar: Community Building (2 credits)

Year two (four courses)


  • GED 8516 – Equity and Social Justice Policy (4 credits)
  • GED 8504 – Educational Organizations (4 credits)


  • GED 8507 – Frameworks for Inquiry (4 credits)
  • GED 8508 – Advanced Inquiry (4 credits)

Elective courses

Beyond the core curriculum, you’ll tailor 16 credit of electives to fit your area of educational discipline interest.


Upon completion of core and elective coursework, you must complete four advisement experiences with a primary dissertation advisor and two committee members to develop and complete your dissertation.

  • DMPS 8991 – Dissertation I (4 credits)
  • DMPS 8992 – Dissertation II (4 credits)
  • DMPS 8993 – Dissertation III (4 credits)
  • DMPS 8994 – Dissertation IV (4 credits)

EdD course descriptions

How to Apply to the EdD program

To apply to the Doctorate of Education program, you must complete the following:

  • Online application (no fee)
  • Professional resume demonstrating at least three years of relevant work experience
  • A one-to-two page statement of your educational aims that specifies how the Hamline EdD will help you achieve your goals.
  • Official transcript of master’s degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Official transcript of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
    • This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the institution to
    • You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
  • An article—which should be no more than 10 pages—written by you that demonstrates your ability to synthesize and portray thinking about a critical issue in education.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from instructors/professional colleagues familiar with your learning, leadership, and collaboration capacity

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Hamline Alumn José Becerra-Cárdena

What stood out to me was the professors’ genuine care for all of us in the learning community. Their high expectations, mentorship, and acknowledgment of our varied backgrounds created an environment where everyone could achieve their maximum potential.

José Becerra-Cárdena EdD ’20; principal, Roseville area schools

How we help make your Doctorate in Education affordable

Competitive tuition

When you invest in an EdD from Hamline, you benefit from a prestigious degree from Minnesota’s first university. We work hard to ensure our tuition, and other financial aid, make your degree a worthwhile investment.


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Those with an EdD have critical leadership skills essential for making decisions in education that consider equity and sustainable change.*

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