Doctorate of Education Program

FAQs - Doctorate of Education

Where and when are classes offered?

Classes are offered at the Saint Mary’s Moraga campus, often in Filippi Academic Hall, the newest building on campus. Classes are held on Friday evenings and Saturday on alternate weekends. The program operates on a trimester system (Spring, Summer, Fall); two courses are taken per trimester. Summer enrollment is required.

There are two week breaks in between trimesters and a six week break during December and January.

What are the admissions requirements?

Go here for admissions information and electronic forms: www.stmarys-ca.edu/soe-apply.

If I attended Saint Mary’s for my undergraduate and/or graduate courses, do I need to submit official transcripts?

No, applicants who attended SMC do not need to request official SMC transcripts.  However, applicants will need to include official transcripts not already in our files for work completed at other institutions. (Check with the Ed.D. Program Assistant.)

Are all Saint Mary's students Catholic?

We welcome students of all backgrounds, beliefs and faith traditions. About half of our undergraduate students are Catholic. The percentage of non-Catholics tends to be higher in the graduate programs.

How many students will be accepted in each cohort?

Twenty (20) to twenty-five (25) students will be admitted in each cohort.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The majority of students have completed the program in four years. Students complete their coursework in three years and during the final year, focus on their dissertation.

With the new curriculum fully implemented in 2012, it may be possible to complete more quickly.  By allowing students to apply aspects of their intermediate research projects to the dissertation, students may achieve an earlier graduation date.  

Is the program designed specifically for K-12 leaders?

The proportion varies from cohort to cohort, but about half of our Ed.D. students work in K-12 and related settings as faculty, administrators, or administrative staff.  Others work in similar positions in higher education, ranging from community colleges to universities.  Still others perform education-related functions in public and private agencies, or the private sector.  Finally, some students are independent consultants or aspire to make career changes. Go to our website for a sample list of students and graduates. (Spotlight on Ed.D. Students)

What is the total number of units for this degree?

The degree program is 60 units in length. All students will complete 54 units of coursework and 6 units of dissertation research.

Do I need to take the GRE or MAT– if so, where can I find more information?

Students who completed their master’s degree at Saint Mary’s College are exempt from taking either exam.  Others may choose the GRE General Test or Miller Analogies Test.  Go to www.ets.org for more information and to take the computer-based GRE General Exam or, for information on the MAT, to www.pearsonassessments.com.    Check with the Chair of Ed.D. Admissions, Dr. Kathleen Taylor (ktaylor@stmarys-ca.edu) about test deadlines for June admission.

Who are the faculty in the Ed.D. program?

The faculty includes academics and practitioners who are up-to-date with current research and literature and who are skilled teachers and mentors. All faculty members have doctorate degrees and practical experience in educational settings. We describe our work as a calling - a vocation – and we are committed to using our knowledge, professional connections, and personal attention to benefit our students.

What kinds of dissertations do the students complete?

As recommended by educational authorities, Saint Mary’s Ed.D. students are encouraged to conduct “applied” research, aimed at transforming the institutions in which they work. A major research focus is addressing both the causes of inequities – in services, in institutional policies and practices, and in cultural norms and expectations – and the effects that these inequities have on students and society at large. Click here to see selected titles of dissertations.

What is the cost?

Current tuition per semester unit is found on our web site under Tuition & Fees.  Because we do not raise per credit tuition while a student maintains enrollment, total program cost is competitive with public universities.

What kind of financial aid is available?

The Saint Mary’s College Financial Aid Office is located in Brother Jerome West Hall and can be reached at (925) 631-4370 or 1-866-306-0390, by email at finaid@stmarys- ca.edu, or by FAX at (925) 376-2965. The Financial Aid Office is available to answer questions regarding loans and federal and state student aid from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Simple walk-in or call-in questions regarding forms and procedures can be handled without an appointment.  A formal appointment should be made for individual counseling. All students applying for financial aid should fill out a Saint Mary’s Financial Aid application which can be found here.

To be eligible for financial aid, you must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Saint Mary’s College Title IV code is #001302. You will also need to apply for a PIN by going to www.pin.ed.gov. You may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 with questions.

Saint Mary’s College Kalmanovitz School of Education students can apply for a number of private scholarships each Spring semester. A scholarship application will be available on our website after the first of the year. Please call (925) 631-4700 or email us at soereq@stmarys- ca.edu with your request.  All students applying for Kalmanovitz School of Education scholarships must complete a current FAFSA. Please call Jane Joyce at (925) 631- 4149 or jane.joyce2@stmarys-ca.edu for assistance. More Financial Aid Information.

If I have additional questions, who should I contact?

If you have questions about the program itself, please contact:

Dr. Heidimarie Rambo, Interim Program Director, hrambo@stmarys-ca.edu; 925-631-4617

Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Admissions Committee, ktaylor@stmarys-ca.edu; Skype-ID: ktaylorphd

If you have specific questions about financial aid, contact Jane Joyce, Director of Recruitment & Marketing for Graduate & Professional Programs at 925.631.4149 or jane.joyce2@stmarys-ca.edu. 

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