Doctoral Program (Ed.D.)

For those seeking to generate and apply research in the solution of complex real-world challenges facing our communities.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) focuses on development of a high level and advanced proficiency in the education field of study as well as acquisition of research and leadership skills. It aims to produce graduates who can solve practical problems in a specific education-related context. The Ed.D. is ideal for educators who seek new skills and new opportunities for leadership and is designed to meet a critical need in southeastern Michigan for educational leaders who can transform education at the PK-12, community college and university levels.

Course Information

Concentration Areas

Students will complete 24 credits in one of the three concentration areas that will specifically target their professional interests.

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Admission Requirements

We utilize a holistic approach to reviewing applications and take into consideration all materials submitted when making admission decisions.  In order for us to complete this holistic review, students must submit the follow items with their application. The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

  • Bachelor's and Master's degree from accredited institutions
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.3 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample that addresses one of the provided prompts

Ed.D. Alumni Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund originated as an idea in 2017 and was established by generous graduates of the Doctorate of Education program in 2018, most of whom were from the early cohorts when the Ed.D. program was launched.  The $10,000 to establish the fund was raised through donations and multi-year pledges.  Donors to the fund include Ed.D. alumni, UM-Dearborn faculty and administrators, as well as friends of the University.

The fund is expected to generate a $500 annual scholarship for Ed.D. students beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Everyone is invited to make a donation to the fund.

Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)
[email protected]

Academic Advisor

Stein Brunvand


Stein Brunvand, Ph.D.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brunvand please contact:

CEHHS Office of Student Success
email: [email protected]
phone: 313-593-5090.

Academic Advisor

Christopher Burke


Christopher Burke, Ph.D.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burke please contact:

CEHHS Office of Student Success
email: [email protected]
phone: 313-593-5090.