Online All But Dissertation Education Doctoral Completion Pathway

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Advance as an educator. Take your skills to the next level.
You are the next generation of innovative educators: Complete your Ed.D. online in as few as two years with Brenau University. This exceptional doctoral program integrates teaching, research and service to prepare you to drive change at all levels of the education system.

Pursue opportunities as a teacher leader, administrator, master educator, policy advocate or apply skills to another industry entirely. With Brenau’s Ed.D., you can expand your professional horizons and do more for the students you serve.


Brenau University’s Ed.D. program with All But Dissertation (ABD) status:
Complete your degree in as few as two years.

Online courses and onsite weekend residencies give you schedule flexibility.
There are three concentration options for you to choose from: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education and Leadership in Higher Education.
Small, close-knit cohorts of students provide you with meaningful class discussions and networking opportunities.

Rigorous, relevant course content led by instructors with field experience and a passion for developing their students’ leadership potential will develop your skills.


Curriculum for the Brenau Ed.D. ABD status consists of 27 credit hours. This is divided among the doctoral core, research and dissertation preparation courses and courses in your chosen concentration. Current course listings include:

Core Curriculum

  • ED 795 – Special Topics in Education
  • ED 865 – Academic Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • ED 870 – Education Issues and Policy
  • ED 895 – Special Topics in Education
  • ED 932 – Future Trends in Education


  • ED 935 – Qualitative Research (if required)
  • ED 940 – Quantitative Research (if required)


  • ED 960 – Dissertation 1: Literature Review
  • ED 965 – Dissertation 2: Proposal
  • ED 970 – Dissertation 3: Data Collection
  • ED 975 – Dissertation 4: Conclusion of Research
  • ED 980 – Dissertation 5: Dissertation Continuation (Optional)

Admissions Documents Requirements

All applicants to the online Ed.D. program must submit the following materials: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in your master’s degree program. Evidence of a clear and renewable teaching license for your state or locality (subject to departmental approval) if you choose the Elementary Education or Middle Grades Education concentrations. Three (3) letters of reference on official letterhead from a supervisor, professor, administrator, or other superior who can speak to your character, dedication to the profession and likelihood of success in an intensive graduate program. A resume or CV demonstrating three years of relevant experience in education. For non-US applicants who have not previously completed a degree within the U.S., we require official TOEFL test results (minimum score of 79) or IELTS results (minimum score of 6.5). Applicants can demonstrate their excellent writing skills with one of two choices:


  • Submit a draft of your dissertation prospectus/proposal which demonstrates applicant’s strong understanding of the issues under investigation, the purpose and general methodology of the study. Also include the information already gathered to describe the preliminary plan for conducting research, gathering data, and analyzing data to arrive at new knowledge. Finally, the applicant should indicate if this is a topic he/she is wishing to pursue or if they desire to identify a new topic.
  • A writing sample of 750-1500 words based on a writing prompt provided by the COE.


In addition to providing the materials above, you must also attend an in person or virtual interview and complete a criminal background check, if applicable.

Admissions GPA Requirements

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in your master’s degree program.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Proof of completion of a minimum of 6 hours of doctoral level research methods coursework within the past five years. Proof of ABD status from a regionally accredited institution. The applicant shall submit a personal statement of any length, but approximately 1 page, which speaks to the applicant’s commitment level to matriculate through the program. The statement should describe the difference in the applicant’s situation, motivation, or intrinsic desire to complete a program.

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