Degree type(s): Doctorate
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Doctorate of Education Program Oveview

Doctoral degree; Doctorate of Education/Educational Leadership (EdD)

The 2019 Doctorate of Education cohort is full. If you are interested in applying as an alternate, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 800-288-MARY or [email protected].

The Doctorate of Education (EdD) program at the University of Mary prepares students to lead and impart 21st century teaching and education programs in both PreK-12 and higher education. The University of Mary’s Doctorate of Education program provides a rigorous, cutting-edge graduate curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values like service, respect for persons, and community. 

Designed to meet the dynamic and changing needs faced by teachers today, the Doctorate of Education program also supports completion in less than three years. New cohorts of students are admitted every 2 years, with the next cohort beginning June 2019. 

Doctorate of Education: Program Highlights

The Doctorate of Education is the highest degree in its field, and is designed to help address the leadership challenges emerging today through PreK-12 and post-secondary education. Students in the University of Mary EdD program have unique opportunities to:

  • Work toward their doctoral degree in education with a group of adult student peers, providing strong support, work teams, and long-lasting professional connections and friendships.
  • Complete the Doctorate of Education degree in less than three years in an accelerated graduate program format.
  • Learn from world-class faculty who are also leaders in the field of education.
  • Use state-of-the-art online learning technology to complete the EdD degree no matter where one lives and works.
  • Have access to skilled academic advisors and career mentors throughout the doctoral program.

Career Outlook

According to a state finding, projected enrollment growth in western North Dakota ranges from 23 to 153 percent, and Bismarck Public Schools have seen student enrollment increases every year for the past 11 years. As a result, school district leaders and teachers are not only faced with managing and planning for increasing school enrollments, but also providing these growing groups of students with well-trained teachers, up to date technology, and a safe and effective learning environment.

Having earned the highest degree in the field, education professionals with an EdD from the University of Mary are exceptionally equipped to partner with fellow educators, parents, policy makers, and communities to provide safe and effective learning environments. Graduates are well positioned to lead school districts and higher education institutions in delivering programs that prepare future generations to succeed personally, professionally and publicly—particularly in meeting the rapid global increase in careers involving non-routine, analytic, and interactive skills.

Term 1 (15 Weeks)

EDU 886 -- Leading Adult Learners -- 3

EDU 917 -- Research Methods & Data Analysis -- 3

Term 2 (15 Weeks)

EDU 808 -- Foundations of American Ed. -- 3

EDU 920 -- Dissertation -- 3

Term 3 (10 Weeks)

EDU 927 -- Advanced Qualitiative/Qunatitative Research Methods -- 3


Term 4 (15 Weeks)

EDU 870 -- Leading Curriculum -- 3

EDU 910 -- Issues & Trends in Education -- 3

EDU 915 -- Educational Ethics -- 3

Term 5 (15 Weeks)

EDU 970 -- Program Evaluation -- 3

EDU 801 -- School Community Relations -- 3

EDU 920 -- Dissertation -- 3

Term 6 (10 Weeks)

EDU 905 -- Assessment & Accountability in Education -- 3

EDU 920 -- Dissertation -- 3

Term 7 (15 Weeks)

EDU 876 -- Supervision of Differentiated Instruction -- 3 OR

EDU 935 -- The Professoriate & Beyond (Higher Ed) -- 3

EDU 805 -- Administration & Organizational Behavior -- 3

Term 8 (15 Weeks)

EDU 840 -- School Systems and Finance (K-12) -- 3 OR

EDU 850 -- Higher Ed Systems and Finance (HED) -- 3 

EDU 945 -- Brain Based Research & Learning 

Term 9 (15 Weeks)

EDU 920 -- Dissertation -- 3



HUM 799 -- Graduate Studies Assessment

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

New cohorts of students are admitted every 2 years. 

Admission is competitive and will be based on a total score with the following included in the application score:

  • GPA from Master’s Degree from an accredited university.
  • Completion of the GRE with score submitted.
  • Proctored writing sample.
  • Interview with faculty.

Program Advisor:  Dr. Brenda Tufte 

For more information about this exciting new program, please contact Dr. Brenda Tufte at (701) 355-8318 or by email at [email protected].  

If you are considering the Doctor of Education program, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs at the University of Mary: