We prepare experienced professionals to make a real difference in the places they
live and work. Our online curriculum empowers doctoral students all over the world
to pursue the issues they’re passionate about and bring meaningful change to their
communities, without having to leave them.
Learning research skills for the real world
Our students come from diverse disciplines and professions seeking more than just
a degree. They’re gaining a practical education that translates to their everyday
In three to four years of study, students learn to apply advanced research principles
to real-life problems they face in their own organizations.
The program includes:
Two years of online coursework in one of three concentrations
Two one-week summer residencies at the Boston campus
Doctoral thesis that examines a compelling educational challenge
Applying innovative, scholarly approaches to effect change
EdD Alumna Sheila Harrity receives one of the most prestigious awards in education—Principal
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dissertation. Read the story>
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Learn to put powerful research tools to work in your organization. Design a doctoral
thesis to pursue a burning question you’ve encountered in your field.
Students develop a plan of study that applies to their own experience. While they
come from different backgrounds and locations, our doctoral students are all striving
to enact change in society — actively working to solve today’s most demanding educational
Connecting with Other Professionals to Foster New Ideas
More than 900 students across the globe share their experiences in education…
I was challenged to explore contemporary issues in education from multiple perspectives
and consider “outside-the-box” approaches to solve problems. I was supported by a
community of seasoned, passionate educators and was encouraged to take risks as I
traversed the bridge from student to scholar-practitioner.
As the founder and CEO of Darca high school network in Israel, I often reflect on
the insights and knowledge I have gained in my years of research at Northeastern University.
The driving idea behind the founding of Darca network was to strengthen the schools
in Israel’s geo-social periphery and support them on their way to becoming high-quality
It was inspiring to engage in meaningful dialogue with other professionals from central
administration positions, to deans, to student affairs specialists, to heads of finance,
to faculty administrators, to department chairs, and others.
I chose this program because it provided the convenience of an online program, a varied
menu of course selection, and the individualized attention and interaction of a more
traditional course of study.
My classmates were wonderful and it was great to work with such a variety of people
from diverse backgrounds, locations, and experiences. I have been surprised about
how easy it was to connect with people in the online format and now have several close
friends who I have shared many classes and successes with.
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