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Doctor of Education with a major in Higher Education Leadership and Practice

The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Leadership and Practice. The program includes a research and higher education core of 30 credit hours. In addition to the core, students will complete 15 credit hours for the leadership concentration. Rounding out the program is 15 credit hours of dissertation research. The EdD has been approved by the Board of Regents and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Application Deadline

Fall - July 24

Quick Facts

Online program, no campus visit required
Program length 60 semester hours
Cohorts begin fall semester
Prepare for a position in higher education

Program Questions?

College of Education Graduate Office
706-864-1600
coegrads@ung.edu

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score not less than 305 verbal and quantitative scores combined
    Notes: Unofficial GRE score reports are acceptable for use during the admissions process. If admission is granted, official results must be provided to Graduate Admissions at UNG prior to enrollment.
    Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    1. Applicants must submit a brief, 2-page resume/vita highlighting the personal and professional achievements of the applicant, including experience working and/or teaching in higher education.
    2. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose (admissions essay) for obtaining the EdD degree in Higher Education Leadership and Practice.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit official transcript confirming master’s degree.

  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average.  Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

Students who do not meet the regular admission criteria may be granted provisional admission if they achieve the minimum GPA and GRE scores required for provisional status provided there is space available in a particular cohort and pending a successful admission appeal. See Appeal of Graduate Admission for details. Note: unofficial GRE score reports are acceptable for use during the admissions process. If admission is granted, official results must be provided to Graduate Admissions at UNG prior to enrollment. 

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of six hours.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Requirements

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score not less than 305 verbal and quantitative scores combined)
    Notes: Unofficial GRE score reports are acceptable for use during the admissions process. If admission is granted, official results must be provided to Graduate Admissions at UNG prior to enrollment.
    Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    1. Applicants must submit a brief, 2-page resume/vita highlighting the personal and professional achievements of the applicant, including experience working and/or teaching in higher education.
    2. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose (admissions essay) for obtaining the EdD degree in Higher Education Leadership and Practice.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit official transcript confirming master’s degree.

  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
Submit official GRE score report if your graduate gpa is below a 3.5 but at least a 3.0 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admission procedures.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

The EdD program does not permit non-degree students.

Transient

The EdD program does not permit transient students.

All International

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs. The Ed.D program does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email onlineapproval@ung.edu to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs or part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters).

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