Online Programs

FAQs




What is the basic overview of the program?
How long does it take to complete the program?
What is the Ed.D Program like?
What kind of advisement and support system will be provided to me?
How diverse is the student population?
Explain the cohort experience at Saint Peter’s University.
What are Saint Peter’s University conditions to ensure completion?


What is the basic overview of the program?
The Online Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education is a 48 credit program; cohort based.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The academic component of the program is completed within 2 ½ years. The dissertation may be completed within the same time period. The program requires the completion and successful defense of the dissertation.

What is the Ed.D Program like?
The Ed.D. Program is highly successful. This year, we have our first two graduates from the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education. These students started the program in fall 2012, completed the program and successfully defended their dissertation within 3 1/2 years. Due to the unique schedule of the program, completion rates are targeted one year after the academics are completed. This gives the students the opportunity to focus solely on their dissertation. Our completion rates are strong. The remaining students from Cohort I are expected to complete their dissertation within the next academic year. Presently, the hybrid/on-ground program is a 3 ½ year academic program which is being phased out.

What kind of advisement and support system will be provided to me?
Students receive ongoing support. Support and advisement would be the same as offered on campus. We maintain an open door policy.

How diverse is the student population?
Saint Peter’s University is ranked #13 in ethnic diversity nationwide, with a student body composition that is far above the national average. Faculty are diverse and highly qualified and adhere to best practices. Faculty qualifications are available online.

Explain the cohort experience at Saint Peter’s University.
Saint Peter’s University cohort experience is based on Vincent Tinto’s (2012) scholarly contributions to the literature. A cohort is a group of students who simultaneously begin a program of study, experiences a series of highly structured learning experiences following a common curriculum, and completes the academic content.

What are Saint Peter’s University conditions to ensure completion?

  • Courses are organized around a common theme to foster engagement and the successful completion of the program.
  • Expert faculty and experienced practitioners teach in the higher education program.
  • Faculty are role models representing diversity.
  • Academic support is readily available to ensure student success.
  • Social support is readily available to enhance student completion.
  • Supportive mentoring relationships.
  • Dissertation support and advisement to meet professional interests.
  • Cohort model facilitating dynamic collaboration amongst peers.
  • Transparency to ensure the student receives the same quality doctoral program offered on campus.
  • Access to the Director is an open door policy.
  • The dissertation process begins immediately.