Academics

Doctor of Education Admissions

To inquire about this program:
Margaret Park, Academic Support
865.531.4109 | margaret.park@LMUnet.edu


Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Leadership concentrations offered at LMU’s Cedar Bluff site in Knoxville, TN

Executive Leadership, Human Resource Development and Higher Education concentrations offered at the Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, TN.

  • Pathway 1 – Applicants must possess a master’s degree.
    The program consists of 63 credit hours including: (a) 15 credit hours of doctoral core); (b) 18 credit hours in a concentration; (c) 15 credit hours in independent dissertation coursework; and (d) 15 credit hours in the alternate concentration.  Candidates may need to take additional dissertation hours dependent upon their progress in the program.  Students will graduate with an Ed.D. in two concentrations.
  • Pathway 2 – Applicants must possess an Ed.S., or master’s degree plus 30 hours minimum in an education-related field.

The program consists of 48 credit hours including: (a) 15 credit hours of doctoral core; (b) 18 credit hours in a concentration; and (c) 15 credit hours in independent dissertation coursework.  Candidates may need to take additional dissertation or course hours dependent upon their progress in the program.  Students may choose to enroll in 15 additional hours from the alternate concentration to graduate with an Ed.D. in two concentrations.

Application Process


Applications for a summer admission into the program are reviewed prior to April 15 of each year. For full consideration, applicants must have all application materials turned in prior to this date.

  • Stage One:  Complete application package must be submitted
    • Application form
    • Application fee of $50, non-refundable
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores – verbal, quantitative, and writing – taken within the past five years.  Applicants must have:
      • a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 750 (or 285 if taken after August 1, 2011) and
      • a minimum writing score of 3.5.
    • Transcripts for all graduate level coursework
    • Three recommendation forms
    • Resume or Curriculum Vita


The Admissions Committee will review all documents and rate the applicants in regards to their readiness to meet program requirements.  The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.

  • Stage Two:  Writing Assessment and Interview
    Applicants recommended for Stage Two will take a writing assessment and have an interview at the Cedar Bluff campus. Final recommendations for admission into the Ed. D. program will be made after writing assessments and interviews have been evaluated. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.

    Admitted candidates are required to attend a program orientation before beginning work in the program. Failure to do so may constitute deferring enrollment or dismissal from the program.

Send application materials to:
Ed. D. Program
Carter & Moyers School of Education
Lincoln Memorial University
421 Park 40 North Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37923

Funding: Applicants seeking financial aid are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov.