Doctor of Education in Leadership in Schooling, Ed.D


The University of Massachusetts Lowell's Ed.D. degrees offer professional educators the opportunity to complete a terminal degree. Graduates are able to pursue leadership roles in K-12 districts or instructional roles in education departments in higher education. These programs emphasize the development of thoughtful and reflective scholar practitioners. Please note that this degree does not lead to licensure.

The Ed.D. is designed as a cohort program: accepted students begin their program in Summer and take three calendar years to complete the program. Courses are completed online during the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters, and candidates are expected to complete two courses each semester.

Note: For this program there is a one-week, on campus summer residency required each year.

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New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's New Student Non-Degree Course Registration Form. Follow the instructions for registering included on the form. Existing students register for their courses online by logging into the secure Student Information System (SIS).

Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $470
Registration Fee per semester $30
Returned Check Fee per semester* $30
Graduate Degree Application Fee $50
First Year Graduate Student Services Fee  $200
Total for course** $1,440 (470 x 3crds. = 1410 + 30 registration fee per sem.)
*Applicable when checks returned unpaid.
**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course.
For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's Online and Continuing Education Website or call (800) 480-3190.



The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

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  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • A number of UMass Lowell online courses have received Blackboard's National Catalyst Awards for Exemplary Online Courses

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master of education degree or master's degree in a field relevant to PK-12 education that prepares him/her for advanced study. Additionally, applicants should have recent teaching and/or leadership experience in a PK-12 setting and be interested in research and the role of leaders in schools. Candidates who are interested in higher education administration should speak with the Graduate Coordinator before submitting an application.

  • Submit an online application and fee through the office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A two-page admission essay explaining your experience in PK-12 education and your reasons for wishing to enter doctoral study
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts
Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (978) 934-4220 or email

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