Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

A 100% online doctorate degree designed to transform leaders from a variety of industries

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at UNE has a cohort format (meaning that you’ll progress through courses with a tight-knit group of students), offers multiple start dates per year, includes a dissertation, and is completed entirely online with no residency requirement. Your dissertation is also presented online.

What makes our Ed.D. unique?

One of the hallmarks of UNE’s online Ed.D. is that students work on their dissertation throughout their program, instead of doing it all at the end. We’ve found that parceling the work out over the years creates a lot less stress and helps our students avoid “ABD” (“all-but-dissertation”) status.

Students technically start their dissertation in the admissions essay when they are asked to describe a potential research topic. That same topic (or another one, if chosen) is further explored throughout the first year of the Ed.D.

Next, Ed.D. students refine their topic exploration into a dissertation proposal, including revisions, data collection and conclusion. This means that by the time a student enters the official dissertation courses in the final year, they will have already written a draft version of three chapters of their five-chapter dissertation. 

The embedding of the dissertation within the entire Ed.D. curriculum is a unique advantage in the program at UNE Online, and is a major reason why the program has such a high retention and graduation rate.

Read more about the Ed.D. dissertation

Program Highlights

  • 51-credit hour program
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Non-profit university with R2 Carnegie Research classification
  • Customizable elective course plan
  • Renowned faculty of practitioners, researchers & educators
  • Strong networking forum and cohort format
  • Multiple start date opportunities
  • Accepts up to four 3-credit transfer courses from PMC, CAGS, or other post-master’s programs taken within the last five years
  • No GRE required
  • Complete in three years or fewer
  • Regionally accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Who Should Enroll in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program?

Leadership is a valuable trait in any sector, but skills learned in the Ed.D. give individuals a competitive advantage. This specific skill set allows students to demonstrate the ability to shape and optimize an institution at every level–individual, group, or organization-wide. With several opportunities to begin the Ed.D. every year, it’s easier than ever for professionals from any industry to begin their doctorate. Our Ed.D. program is ideal for leaders in the following industries:

  • Education (K-12 or Higher Education)
  • Healthcare
  • Nonprofit Organizations (NPO)
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGO)
  • Private Organizations
  • Public Agencies

Learn about why these leaders chose our Ed.D. program:




Dan Mickool

Dan Mickool, R. Ph., earned his Ed.D. to help advance his career and become a better leader, teacher, and educator.

Read about Dan’s new opportunity upon his Ed.D. degree completion >>




Kylie Bragdon

Kylie earned her Ed.D. as she wants to change the educational system for future generations.

Read more about Kylie’s Ed.D. journey here >>











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NEW: Transfer and “stack” previous post-master’s or doctoral work

UNE Online is now offering students the opportunity to transfer up to four, three-credit courses from their previous post-master’s coursework (taken within the last five years) into the Ed.D. Students who transfer four three-credit courses into the program have the potential to graduate in just over two years.

How to apply for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program accepts applications on a rolling basis. For more detailed information, please contact an enrollment counselor at the email or phone number below.