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Ed.D. Program Overview

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Lewis Bridges
Enrollment Specialist
(615) 248-1587

The Ed.D. is a Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice. This doctoral program is a non-traditional program designed for working professionals. The doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice is an interdisciplinary degree that helps leaders in various professional fields such as education, medicine, religion, and business become innovative change agents in their communities and organizations. For educators wishing to pursue advanced professional development, the doctorate in education will provide preparation for the professoriate and for administration in higher education. For leaders in other fields, the doctoral degree will develop advanced professional competencies, organizational planning, and leadership dispositions.

Admissions Requirements


  • Prior completion of a master's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) from prior graduate work
  • Completion of the Miller Analogies Test OR the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • International students must score a 550 on the paper TOEFL version or 213 on the computer TOEFL version

Admissions Process

  1. Application
    Complete the online application.

  2. Transcripts
    Submit two copies of official transcripts for all graduate level coursework.

  3. Submit Application Fee
    Pay online or mail your $50 application fee (payable to Trevecca Nazarene University) to the address below.

  4. Testing Scores
    Submit MAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL scores via email to or mailed to:
    Lewis Bridges
    College of Lifelong Learning
    Trevecca Nazarene University
    333 Murfreesboro Rd
    Nashville, TN 37210
  5. Immunization Records
    Tennessee state law requires all colleges and universities to obtain immunization information from students. The required information is dependent upon a student’s date of birth and academic classification as a student. Read the instructions carefully for submitting immunization records.

  6. Letters of Recommendation
    Submit letters of recommendation from two individuals who have been in a position to evaluate your abilities as well as your capacity to complete a doctorate. Letters may be emailed to or faxed to (615)248-1700.

  7. Professional Vita
    Submit a professional vita. This may be emailed to or faxed to (615) 248-1700.

  8. Interview
    Schedule an interview (includes writing assessment).

  9. Application and all supporting documents must be received no later than February 15

Program Details

Graduation Requirements

Graduates will have successfully completed all requirements of the curricula, maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, successfully completed their symposium presentation, and successfully defended their dissertation.