Doctor of Education

Doctoral candidates must hold a master’s degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited institution. Students entering the doctoral program with advanced standing—where that option is available (example: two master’s degrees or a master’s and a CAGS)—will be required to complete a minimum of 32 graduate-level (500-level or higher) credits. Specific requirements relative to the selection of courses, seminars, and research or independent study are determined by the student’s department of concentration. Departments generally require a number of courses beyond the minimum.

  • Each EdD candidate must complete a schoolwide core requirement of a  four credit course (SED ED 700 series) beginning in September of the first academic year of matriculation.
  • Every doctoral candidates is required to take at least 4 courses (16 credits) in research beyond those taken at the master’s level to include one course in quantitative research, one course in qualitative research: RS 654 – Educational Inquiry and Proposal Writing, and RS 750 – Advanced Research Seminar.
  • Every doctoral candidate must spend a minimum of two consecutive semesters in residence at Boston University. Residence is defined as registration for a minimum of 12 credit hours at the University during each of two consecutive semesters. Summer terms may be considered one semester.
  • A formal application for a comprehensive examination must be filed with the department chair and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.
  • Each candidate must demonstrate the ability to make a significant contribution in his or her field and to report this contribution successfully in a doctoral dissertation.
  • For doctoral-level registration requirements, refer to the Policies & Procedures for SED Graduate Students section.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.