Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will it take to complete the degree?

A:For most students, 3-5 years. The course work can be completed in two or three years.  The dissertation phase may take a year or longer.

Q: Can I take classes online?

A: Workshops and seminars are not offered online, however a distance education option is available. All seminars including electives and reading colloquia can be taken in our online video learning format called SYNC (for synchronous learning). Some program workshops and exams must be attended in person and therefore necessitate a trip to the main NOBTS campus. Required seminars meet four days during the semester (usually Friday evenings about once a month) in a two-year cycle. Through SYNC you can attend class from your home or office computer. Participation through SYNC has technological requirements. Learn more here!

Q: Can I apply if I have a Master of Education or Master of Teaching degree?

A: Yes. Applicants must have transcripted hours in education/teaching and basic ministerial course work. See our leveling worksheet to compare your transcript to the requirements. You may qualify for Pre-Residency status while completing necessary course work. Please complete the inquiry as your first step to answer the call. Contact for further instructions. 

Q: Can I request an exemption from Teaching in Higher Education?

A: Candidates pursuing an EdD degree who have a master's degree in education or Christian education that includes course work in teaching methods and learning theory and who have a minimum of five years teaching experience at the college level, may request exemption from Teaching in Higher Education. Please contact for further instructions.

Q: What specializations will be available?

A: The Ed.D. features three majors: Ministry Leadership, Educational Leadership, and Teaching/Pedagogy. You may choose a major which determines the direction of your research and writing along with an Integrated Mentorship. Additionally, the degree plan offers a concentration electives component, which allows students to take concentration courses of their choice. An updated tracking sheet is located here.

Q: How will curriculum components be offered?

A: Required seminars will meet four days or evenings during the semester (usually a Friday evening) in a two-year cycle. Reading colloquia will be scheduled for two hour meetings four times a semester (usually the morning prior to the required seminars on Fridays.) All week long program workshops are scheduled twice a year, once in the summer and again in January. Elective seminars will be offered different times depending on the program or division. A complete two-year schedule is available upon request. 

Q: What is the cost?

A: Tuition and fees for the Ed.D. are based on per credit rates.  Annual fees and tuition information for the EdD degree can be found here. Additional doctoral program fee information can be found in the NOBTS graduate catalog.

Q: I see the GRE is a requirement for my EdD application.  How do I register and pay for the GRE?

A: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is currently a requirement for all EdD applicants.  You may register to take the GRE all over the country in various locations.  Visit this website to find a location and time that is convenient for you, register for the GRE, and pay for the testing:  Also, you can designate NOBTS as a location to send your scores by entering the institution code 6472 at the time of your GRE testing.  Please email the EdD office at in order to notify us of your GRE test schedule. Doing this will allow us to anticipate your score and update your EdD application file as quickly as possible. 

Q: When should I schedule my GRE?

A: The GRE may be taken multiple times (but no more than five).  You should know, there is currently a 30-day waiting period between completing a GRE testing and registering to take the GRE again.  The EdD applicant should take this into consideration and allow for plenty of time between taking the GRE the first time and the deadline of application items (September 1 for consideration to enter course work in January, March 1 for consideration to enter course work in July).  In the event a student must take the GRE multiple times, the EdD scores must be submitted to the EdD office by the same deadline as all other application items.

Q: What are acceptable GRE scores for admission into the EdD degree program?

A: This answer is specific to each applicant.  The GRE Verbal, GRE Writing, and GPA scores are placed on a Likert scale and factored into a composite score. An overall score of 0 or higher is necessary in order to proceed toward EdD course work. Other application components, such as the division interview, evaluation of a research paper, and entrance exam are also considerations into the program. Please reference the current EdD Likert scale here

Q: I have taken the GRE before.  Can I use these scores for the EdD application?

A: GRE scores are good for 5 years from the test date.  The EdD office accepts GRE scores that are 5 years old or newer.  

Q: I have a master's degree in Education from another institution, what do I need to do to qualify?

A: Take the required Bible, theological, and ministry leadership classes to meet the equivalency requirements. 

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