These are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Spalding University online Doctorate in Leadership (EdD) program. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, contact your enrollment advisor and schedule a time to talk that’s convenient for you.

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Program Details

Can I apply for the online EdD Leadership if I live outside of Kentucky?

Yes. We are currently accepting applications from all states and the District of Columbia (excluding California and New York).

Are the EdD Leadership classes 100% online?

Yes. All 10 courses are delivered fully online, one class at a time, over a 10-week period.

Is the online EdD Leadership faculty experienced?

You will learn from doctorally prepared instructors who are also practicing organizational leaders who bring real-world perspectives to the classroom. As trusted Spalding University faculty members, they are committed to your success.

Is the online EdD Leadership program only for educators?

No. This program is designed for students who want to pursue leadership roles in a variety of industries and disciplines including, but not limited to: 

  • Advocacy groups
  • Arts and humanities
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Healthcare
  • Human services and resources
  • Learning design and technology
  • Media and communications
  • Mental health and social work
  • Philanthropy and fundraising
How many credit hours are required for the online EdD Leadership program?

This degree requires 60 credit hours to graduate.

Can I work while completing the online EdD Leadership program?

Yes. Courses in this program are delivered one at a time over 10 weeks so you can continue to work in your current professional role.

How many start dates does the online EdD: Leadership program have per year?

There are 3 intakes per year: fall, spring and summer.

How long will it take for me to complete the online EdD Leadership program?

The EdD Leadership program is flexibly designed for working professionals and can be completed in 2 years. Courses are delivered one at a time. Each term is 8 weeks long, and students complete 10 courses in 10 terms.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much do Spalding’s online programs cost?

Costs vary by program. The online EdD Leadership program is $825 per credit hour, for a total investment of $49,500 (plus any applicable fees).

Financial aid may be available to our online students.


Are Spalding University’s online programs accredited?

Spalding University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

Program Eligibility & Requirements

Where can I find more information about applying to Spalding University’s online EdD Leadership program?

You can find more information on our apply page or schedule an appointment with your Spalding University enrollment advisor.

Is the GRE required for the online EdD Leadership program?

No, this test is not required to apply for the program.

What are the admission requirements to apply for the online EdD Leadership program?
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Critique of a journal article
  • Official transcripts from all schools
  • Interview
  • No GRE required