Community College Leadership (EdD) - FAQs

Are the courses offered online as well as face-to-face?
Both the Community College Leadership doctoral degree pathway and the Community College Master of Education in Administration and Instruction degree pathway, are offered online utilizing the Blackboard learning management system. The programs also offer traditional face-to-face pathways for those who prefer this method of learning.

Is this program accredited?
Yes, Morgan State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the online doctoral program is also recognized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Can I complete my entire doctoral degree online?
Yes, students have the option of choosing to join a face-to-face or an online cohort.

What educational platform does the university use?
The online educational platform that Morgan uses is Blackboard, which is a highly integrated learning management system. Blackboard is an accessible and accommodating learning management system that supports students with a variety of personal challenges.

Are there online library resources?
Yes, the Earl S. Richardson Library provides services that students can access from off-campus locations.

What kind of support is available from faculty and academic advisors?
Faculty members designate their office hours as well as their contact preferences. The Student Support Specialist is also a resource for students. These individuals provide guidance throughout the program and the dissertation committee chair provides all of the support necessary to assist with dissertation completion.

When are classes held?
Courses are offered in five-week sessions. Students pursue three courses within each 15 week semester. This allows students to pursue nine credits per semester with the added benefit of focusing on one course at a time.

Why does the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) use a Cohort Model?
The Educational Leadership Learning and Cohort Model creates an environment that prepares students to work collaboratively in teams to research trends and issues. But more importantly, the cohort model is a proven asset to students pursuing fast paced and highly dynamic online courses. The personal support that develops within the cohort model increases student persistence and leads to higher program completion levels.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
Our data indicate that six years is the average time it takes to complete the doctorate program, but that timeframe is also dependent on students' responsibilities outside of the program. Many of our students balance demanding careers, as well as family and personal obligations, which may impact time to completion.

What are the general degree requirements?
• All candidates pursuing the EdD must complete a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours at Morgan after admission to the program. Previously completed credits may not be used to reduce the minimum requirements.
• In addition, all candidates must select a specialized internship or practicum in a community college. The internship must be approved prior to beginning the internship.
• All doctoral candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination may be repeated only once. To be eligible to take the comprehensive examination, the student must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with no "I" or "F" grades. Grades of "C" are not acceptable.
• Each student must submit a dissertation concept paper at the end of the second year of study. Successful completion of the concept paper triggers the final set of requirements of the program, including the written comprehensive exam, dissertation proposal and defense, IRB approval, and the final defense of the dissertation.
• All students must submit a dissertation study. When the dissertation has been completed to the satisfaction of the committee chairperson, the committee members, in addition to CCLP administrators, and the DASLP department chair, a dissertation defense will be scheduled during which the student must orally defend his/her work before the entire dissertation committee.
• All requirements for the EdD degree must be completed within a period of seven consecutive years. The granting of a leave of absence by the School of Graduate Studies does not automatically extend the time limit. Students must obtain an extension request with the School of Graduate Studies.
• While completing the dissertation phase, students must maintain an active registration with the Office of the Registrar.

What is needed to qualify for admission?
To qualify for admission, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1. Master's degree from an accredited university or college
2. One to three years of higher education work experience, preferably at a community college
3. A cumulative 3.0 GPA in graduate school coursework

What application materials are needed to apply?
1. Statement of Goals (3-5 pages)
2. Current Resume/CV
3. Three letters of reference
4. Official transcripts from all accredited colleges/universities attended
5. Financial Aid forms (FAFSA) - if applicable

The deadline to submit application materials is June 15th. Upon submission of all required documents, the applicant will also be required to:
1. Participate in an interview with the Admissions Committee
2. Submit a timed writing sample
3. Verify work experience in higher education and/or at a community college

How do I apply?
Graduate program applications must go through the Graduate School. For the official online application for Morgan State University School of Graduate Studies visit the webpage at: https://www.morgan.edu/gradschool.

Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to students based on need. Students interested in financial aid should complete the FASFA form and identify Morgan State University as your university of choice (002083). For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Are the costs the same for online courses?
The cost structure is the same for face-to-face and online courses, but there is a difference between in-state and out-of-state designations. For online students who live in another state, if your state does NOT have a university offering an online program, a letter can be submitted for in-state tuition under the auspices of the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board, with whom we have an agreement). For information regarding tuition, fees, billing, and payments, visit the Office of the Bursar.

Is there help available online from Morgan State University in case I run into technical problems?
For technical support on general technical issues, please contact the Office of Information Technology. For other frequently asked questions regarding the Help Desk, Email, Passwords, WEBSIS, Blackboard, the Network or Computer Labs, please call the Help Desk: 443-885-4357.