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The Mathewson School of Education

Ed.D. of Administration and Policy


The Doctor of Education in Administration and Policy program offered at the Mathewson School of Education is a highly scholastic, discipline-based, research-oriented and rigorous doctoral program for leaders, executives, high level administrators and directors in the field of education and pedagogy, as well as government and public service. We prepare our graduates for academic, administrative, clinical or research positions in education, civil service and private institutions. The Ed.D. is a terminal degree recognized by the National Science Foundation “as equivalent to the Ph.D.”
The Doctor of Education in Administration and Policy program offered at the Mathewson School of Education places amphases on the broad scope of knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of teaching, while also focusing on breadth and depth in theory and research methodology. Our goal is to develop a doctoral candidate into an expert of both, theory and practice in the field of education.


The Mathewson School of Education boasts of a distinguished faculty. Many of our faculty members have served as directors, rectors, advisors, counselors and key administrators to schools, universities, governments and/or government units, and foundations in the United States and Europe. In addition, we regularly recruit most illustrious professors and educators from premier universities of Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa, to serve as adjunct professors or lecturers, to share the truly international pedagogic perspectives with our graduate students. In order to emphasize practical and skills-related aspects of the curriculum, we have also recruited many retired or active high profile administrators in the field of education, such as school principals and superintendents, university presidents and provosts, and directors of transnational non-profit educational organizations and/or public multinational corporations engaged in spreading education, scholasticism, learning and literacy around the world.


Ideal candidates for our doctoral program would have achieved the highest standing in taking the M.S. degree study in education (M.Ed. or M.S. Ed.) at a highly reputable university, and are able to demonstrate an exceptionally strong propensity for contributing to education theory and performing advanced scholastic research. Applicants with the previous M.S. degree in foreign languages, English literature, economics, business, philosophy and journalism will also be strongly considered for this program. The Ed.D. program in Administration and Policy is designed to prepare the candidates for positions as education specialists in public or private schools and universities, government, public service, international organizations and private sector industry. Our doctoral graduates have obtained leadership positions in government offices and school districts, as well as fellowships and faculty positions at recognized universities and research institutions in the United States and Europe.


Typically the first year of the candidacy is spent in advancing knowledge in general theories of the discipline and its different subfields. Upon finishing the coursework, at the commencement of the second year, the candidate usually enters the research stage, which involves studying research literature, preparing the dissertation proposal, and writing the dissertation. The candidate is guided by the Curator, who is a full member of the faculty and the Graduate Committee, and serves as the academic and dissertation advisor to the candidate. Typically at the end of the second year the candidate submits the proposal. The Ed.D. student should successfully propose, submit and defend the doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the Graduate Committee.


The Mathewson School of Education offers more than just the traditional online experience. It combines in-class seminars and examinations with online guidance. It provides its doctoral students with valuable extra-curricular opportunities to exchange ideas with expert educators, participate in international pedagogic seminars and debates, and attend the ESAP the European Study Abroad Program of Georgian International University which gives our students unique opportunities to study, as well as teach in Europe, and receive full certifications and dual degrees from premier European academic institutions. Although attending the ESAP is not mandatory for our Ed.D. candidates, it is highly recommended. The ESAP will provide unique opportunities to learn different perspectives on pedagogy and exchange ideas in the global community of teachers and educators.


*Tuition is based on credit hours and is calculated as $US 250.00 per credit hour

Principle Course Credits
EDU 600 Philosophy of Education 4
EDE 640 Culturally Responsive Education 4
EDU 641 Seminar I: Culturally Responsive Education – 10 page thesis 4
EDU 850 Diversity and American Culture 4
EDU 720 Effective Communication in Education 4
EDU 730 Organizational Problem Analyses and Planning 4
EDU 740 Program Evaluation 4
Concentration Course Credits
EDU 745 Concepts and Methods of Decision Oriented Research 4
EDU 750 Instructional Leadership 4
EDU 751 Seminar II: Instructional Leadership – 10 page thesis 4
EDU 760 Data Analyses for School Improvement 4
EDU 770 PK-12 Education Policy and Governance 4
EDU 775 Leadership Theory 4
EDU 776 Seminar III: Leadership Theory – 10 page thesis 4
EDU 780 Internship in Education 4
EDU 790 Politics and Public Relations in School Systems 4
EDU 800 Educational Technology Foundations 4
EDU 810 Administering Human Resources in Education 4
EDU 830 School District Budgeting 4
EDE 710 Teacher as the Leader 4
Dissertation Credits
EdD 1 Proposal, APA Style, 2 pgs 4
EdD 2 Dissertation, APA Style, 30 pgs 4
Total Credits & Tuition Cost 88 $22,000.00

*Additional expenses may apply.


We admit graduate students on a quarterly basis. We welcome international students, as well as transfer students of good academic standing into our graduate programs.


  1. A transcript(s) with undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or instead a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score of 550 on the verbal and 600 on the quantitative portion. In some cases Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be also acceptable.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from the school(s) previously attended.
  3. TOEFL score for international students.


9 Education (graduate course) Credits

Prior undergraduate or graduate courses in which a grade of B- or higher was attained can be used to meet the prerequisites of the program. Areas in which the student does not have prior coursework can have the necessary requirements met by taking the following foundation courses at Georgian International University:

EDU 560 – Teaching Methods in Humanities
EDU 570 – Teaching Methods in Math and Science
EDU 580 – Educational Psychology

Truly exceptional applicants, who do not meet the enrollment requirements, still may be considered for the program. They must be interviewed in person and evaluated by the Graduate Committee. Taking additional prerequisite courses will be a part of the provisional admission. Prospective applicants must take under consideration that the university rarely makes such exceptions.