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Ed.D. Coursework Merit Scholarships

The Ed.D. program has a limited number of scholarships to award to highly qualified Ed.D. applicants. This merit award applies to the 36 units of Ed.D. coursework, which can be completed in three years. Dissertation study follows the coursework phase.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the normal entrance requirements to the Ed.D. program, preference for scholarship awards is given to those involved in educational leadership as determined by work experience and reference letters:

  1. Faculty member or administrator in Christian higher education
  2. Pastoral church staff member engaged in discipleship emphases
  3. Christian parachurch organization staff member engaged in discipleship emphases 


Identifying if any prerequisites are needed will determine readiness to begin studies the next Fall entry period or for possible entry the following year, to permit time for completion of a more extensive set of prerequisites.

  1. Biblical/theological education prerequisites: (18 credits) must be completed through masters’ level coursework at an evangelical graduate institution, with transcript verification;
  2. Educational studies prerequisites: up to five educational studies prerequisites may be completed under our supervision by engaging in informal directed readings for each prerequisite.

Dissertation Study

Dissertation work is a separate period of study, at the student’s own expense, following completion of the 36- credit coursework phase and earning candidacy status to begin dissertation work. Dissertation study involves three credits per semester, up to a total of 6 credits of dissertation. Currently all dissertation students receive a small scholarship for up to two semesters of Ed.D. dissertation work.

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