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Degree Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits beyond the masters' degree.

  1. Knowledge area (21 credits), 3 of which must be in research design or methods
  2. Education Core (18 credits)
  3. Additional Research design or methods (3)
  4. Internships (6 credits)
  5. Dissertation (998, 999) (12 credits)
  • Required Courses:
    CTCH 601 The Community College (3 credits)
    CTCH 602 College Teaching (3 credits)
    CTCH 603 Technology in Higher Education (3 credits)
    CTCH 604 The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • Two electives (6 credits) chosen from the Higher Education courses (CTCH courses).
  • Knowledge area consists of 21 credits--3 of which must be in research design or methods in student's knowledge area.
  • 3 additional credits of research design or methods.
  • Transfer courses:  Students may transfer 12 credits from another accredited institution, or from GMU’s Extended Studies, non-degree graduate status,  if they meet University requirements and approval of HEP.  Please see the University catalog for information.
  • Consortium courses: A maximum of 6 credits taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (These credits are counted as resident and not transfer credit.)

Doctor of Arts: Students in the 60 credit doctoral program are accepted into a knowledge area to further their expertise in their chosen disciplines. Nearly 20 University knowledge areas participate in the program. Doctoral students who are interested in Education Leadership as their knowledge area may take courses in the Higher Education Concentration towards completion of their program of study. While many students take their knowledge area credits exclusively in one discipline, candidates are encouraged to think broadly and in terms of multiple disciplines and to work with their advisors to choose appropriate courses from more than one discipline or department.  

Current Knowledge Areas for the Doctor of Arts

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: 

Higher Education Administration
Modern and Classical languages
Public and International Affairs
Teaching English as a Second Language

College of Science:

Mathematical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy

College of Education and Human Development:

Instructional Technology
Health, Fitness, and Recreational Resources

Information Systems and Software Engineering

School of Management

College of Health and Human Services

College of Visual and Performing Arts:

Art and Visual Technology


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