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Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a blended delivery thesis-based degree program designed for practicing professionals

Why choose the EdD?

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) program is designed to support the needs and interests of practicing professionals across a variety of contexts. Providing advanced preparation for educational leaders, the Werklund School's EdD community includes a diverse range of learners including teachers and administrators in K-12 and higher education; community-based educators and facilitators; adult and lifelong learning educators and practitioners; health and wellness educators; outdoor education and environmental educators; human resource professionals and workplace learning facilitators; counsellors and career-development specialists; and leaders in non-profit public service organizations.

Lead change and innovation in your community

The EdD program develops scholars of the profession who can lead research-informed change and innovation in their communities. As a cohort-based program, it is compatible with the busy lifestyles of professionals, allowing students to continue working in their communities while developing new skills, engaging in scholarly discourse, and carrying out field-focused research.

EdD program components include: course work, candidacy, research, and completion of a dissertation. This is a blended (online and face-to-face delivery) program designed to accommodate working professionals whether you live in Calgary or internationally. Students have up to six years to complete all degree requirements. The first three years of the program include course work.

Year 1 includes: a two-week summer residency at UCalgary, followed by four weeks online course work, designed to develop students’ competencies as “critical consumers of educational research” and to develop skills to conduct field-focused research; online coursework through Fall and Winter semesters.
Year 2  includes: a two-week summer residency, at UCalgary, and four weeks online course work, designed to engage students in an in-depth analysis of an identified research focus in their specialized areas of practice; online coursework through Fall and Winter semesters.
Year 3 is designed to support students in synthesizing their Year 2 field-focused research projects into a dissertation.
Year 4-6 provides students with up to six years to complete all degree requirements.

Find Your Specialization

Please note that not all specializations and topics are offered each year

Specializations accepting applications for 2024

Applications are open September 1 - December 1.

Specializations offered in 2023 (applications closed):

Summer Residency 2024

Summer classes run from June 24 - August 6, 2024.

Students are expected to be available for this period of time and able to complete online course work before and after the summer residency period. Further details will be available in the course outline.

On-campus summer residency dates are July 8 -  July 19, 2024.

Program Details

  1. Application Dates

    Application opens:  September 1
    Application deadline: December 1
    Official supporting document deadline: December 1-No Exceptions

    Students must use the online application found at the How to Apply page.

  2. Program Delivery

    Online with two week on-campus summer residency.

    In years 1 and 2, EdD students are required to complete two Summer courses per year. Summer courses include a two-week face-to-face residency on-campus followed by four weeks supplementary online assignment submissions. Fall and Winter courses are offered fully online.

Applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be submitted 11:59 pm MT on the application deadline date for each program. Please visit the FGS applicant transcript page to answer frequently asked questions on transcripts. 

For additional information on transcripts and where to send them, please visit our How to Apply page.



Two (2) academic references are required. References will be asked to complete an online reference form. No hard copy letters of reference or documents will be accepted.

Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies' advice on finding references for your application.

References are due by the application deadline, so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference. Referees will receive notification on how to submit their reference after you submit your application and are due on the application deadline regardless of when they receive the notification. Please ensure that your references are aware of the supporting document submission deadline. Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the application deadline has passed.

Statement of Intent

Statement of Intent must be uploaded to your Student Centre after the application has been submitted.  Applicants will receive a confirmation email with instructions and information regarding this process upon completion and submission of the online application.

Students are eligible for some internal and external scholarships. See the awards page for details. 

As a Graduate Student you are expected to devote the time, effort, and energy necessary to engage in scholarship.  As a graduate student, you will determine the specific milestones and requirements of your program of study in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and with your graduate supervisor. 

An integral part of this experience is working closely with a supervisor on the development and completion of a research project.  A graduate supervisor mentors graduate students through regular meetings and research training aimed at research, scholarship, teaching and professional development. Graduate supervisors support students in the timely completion of their programs.  As a Graduate Student, you are expected to meet with your graduate supervisor on a regular basis.  While each student-supervisor relationship is unique, graduate supervisors can assist graduate students in a number of ways: advising on course selection, applying for awards and scholarships, obtaining research funds, applying for teaching assistant and sessional teaching opportunities, developing track records in refereed publications and conference presentations, getting involved in leadership and service, and encouraging and supporting apprenticeship in a research community of practice (collaborative review of papers, grants, academic writing, and data analysis). 

In the EdD program a supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.

Program Schedule

A list of required courses for the EdD program can be found below. Please visit your specialization page for information regarding your required specialization courses.

Please consult the Graduate Calendar for course descriptions.
Course outlines are normally posted in D2L 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the term.

  1. Year 1

    Summer (blended - face-to-face and online)

    Two Specialization courses (Please visit your specialization page for details)

    Fall (fully online)

    EDER 711 Advanced Research Methodologies

    Winter (fully online)

    EDER 712 Advanced Research Methodologies II

  2. Year 2

    Summer (blended - face-to-face and online)

    Two Specialization courses (Please visit your specialization page for details)

    Fall (fully online)

    EDER 707 Collaboratory of Practice I

    Winter (fully online)

    EDER 708 Collaboratory of Practice II

  3. Years 3-6

    The work completed in years 3-6 depends on your pace. Students have up to six years to complete their EdD program.


    Candidacy must be completed within 28 months from the program start date. 


    Your dissertation is the focus of your degree program. 

    Students enrol in Dissertation Seminar once you have successfully completed your candidacy exam and have begun to work on your dissertation. Dissertation Seminar is offered every fall and winter term. 

    Fall Terms (fully online)

    EDER 709 Dissertation Seminar I

    Winter Terms (fully online)

    EDER 710 Dissertation Seminar II

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator (GPA)

Please refer to your desired EdD specialization page for GPA contact info

Academic Program Coordinator

Specialization specific Academic Program Coordinator info listed on EdD specialization pages

Ready to Apply?

Applications open September 1 - December 1. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that topics are offered yearly and subject to change.

Learn more about applying