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What does the program cost?

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Students may participate in a monthly, interest-free contract payment plan, which affords a $50 per credit hour discount off the current tuition rate and a lock-in at that rate for the remainder of the program. Payments are made over a 48-month period via automatic credit card charge. Students who withdraw from the payment plan and continue in the program pay the then current tuition rate and any applicable fees.

What are the admission requirements?

A faculty admissions panel reviews applicants based on the following criteria:

Can I transfer credits into the Ed.D. program?

Up to 15 credit hours of graduate education courses from a master’s degree or other graduate study beyond the master’s degree at an accredited university may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. Transfer courses may be applied only to electives in the program and must be in education or educational leadership. All required courses must be taken at CIU.

Are housing and meals available on campus during intensive courses?

Guest rooms in the residence halls and a limited number of furnished apartments are available on a first come, first served basis. A main meal is offered at noon in the cafeteria during the week, and residence halls have microwaves and refridgerators available. Numerous restaurants and hotels are within a 10-minute drive from campus, and students often carpool for meals and shopping.

How is the program delivered?

New students are admitted in the summer only, and begin with a program orientation and core values seminar, plus one or two three-hour courses. During subsequent years, students take up to three intensive courses in July and one online course each fall and spring. Each intensive course involves readings and pre-session assignments in June, one week (40 hours) of Monday-Friday class sessions in July, and post-session assignments and research in August and September. The intensive sessions are typically scheduled during the first three weeks of July.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The Ed.D. degree is a 66-hour program. It is designed for working practitioners and can be completed without interrupting your career. Typically, students complete the degree in four to six years, taking four or five courses per year. The maximum time limit is six years from the start of the first course. In extenuating circumstances, an extension may be considered, and must be approved by the program director and dissertation committee.

What specializations are available in the Ed.D. degree?

Every Ed.D. student completes a core of studies in Christian educational leadership and specializes in one of four concentrations:

What distinguishes CIU’s Doctor of Education program from other doctoral programs?

CIU’s Ed.D. degree is designed for educational leaders serving in Christian schools, colleges, and training organizations. Our mission is to equip Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in Christian educational settings throughout the world. The Ed.D.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at Please contact a Financial Aid counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.


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