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Ed.D Program FAQs

 



Do any of the courses taken in the master’s or masters’ program count towards the doctorate? 

The first master's program will not count towards the doctorate. Only 12 credits of post master level courses may be transferred into the doctoral program.
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What graduate courses can be transferred into the doctoral program?
Post-master level courses, taken at a regionally accredited institution within the last ten (10) years may be transferred to replace four (4) of the following five (5) doctoral courses:
Developing Human Resources and Teams (3)
Curricular & Pedagogical Quality (3)
Culture, Politics, and Educational Change (3)
The Social and Political Dynamics of Organizations (3)
Community Relations and Education (3)

Students need to provide a transcript (and in some cases a syllabus) for previously taken courses to allow for the course transfer. The maximum credits that can be transferred into the doctoral program are twelve (12) credits.

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How much is the Application fee?
$80.00.

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What is the application deadline?
There is no application deadline.  Applications will be accepted until all the seats are filled. We do expect to finalize the admissions process before the end of the semester. Application materials can be submitted in a "trickle-in" manner as they are available. Qualified candidates will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

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Are any of the classes online? Where will classes be held, and on what days?
So far there are no courses that are offered entirely online. Most courses have online components, using Blackboard or other platforms; for instance 1/3 online; 1/3 field work, and 1/3 face-to-face; it varies depending on the nature of the courses, and also depending upon the professor's preference and training. During the spring semester, classes for the second doctoral cohort will be scheduled on Tuesday afternoons and evenings, back-to-back, most likely from 4:30 to 9:30 PM. Some of the sessions may be online, mixed with field work.  Two classes will be offered in the summer from late May until first week of August. The summer classes may be scheduled on Manhattanville College campus. In May and June, classes will be 4:30 to 9:30 PM. In July, classes may be held between 2:00 and 7:00 PM, with some online and/or field work components.

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What would the price be?
The regular graduate tuition applies ($895 per credit for 2011) plus the required fees, with no discount or voucher redemption for 2011-2012. However, since doctoral students may transfer up to 12 post-master level credits, this equates to a potential savings of approximately 20% of the total program cost.

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What should the admission essay include?
The essay functions as letter of application, and it should address some of the following questions: Why do you think you are qualified? Why do you need this doctoral degree? How can you convince the Admissions Committee that you would be a contributing member of the doctoral program? What is your educational and/or teaching philosophy? How would you describe your leadership potential/style? What are your research interests? What are your areas of improvement? What is your plan for your future career? With your knowledge of Manhattanville College's doctoral program, how can you benefit professionally and personally? A two- or three-page essay will be just fine.

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What should the writing sample look like?
The writing sample should be a piece of scholarly work that enables the Admissions Committee to tell whether the applicant possesses some basic writing and critical thinking skills, which are key to successfully completing any doctoral program. The writing sample could include, but is not limited to, some major components of research, such as literature review, data analysis, conceptualization ability, and problem solving ability. A revised research paper that the applicant did for another graduate course would be a good writing sample.  A recently published peer-reviewed journal article would be another good writing sample. A funded grant proposal or action research paper could also serve as writing samples. The writing sample should demonstrate your writing skills.

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Would there be a comprehensive or qualifying examination?
No. In lieu of the traditional comprehensive or qualifying examination, an E-Portfolio and annual assessment will be required.

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How long does the program last? How long can a doctoral student stay in the Doctoral Program?
The course work will take no more than three years. It is expected that most motivated students can successfully complete the program and attain their doctorate in three or four years. Doctoral students can stay in the program for six years. However, with a special request that provides a reason or a rationale, and with permission from the Program Coordinator, doctoral students can stay a maximum of eight (8) years after they are officially admitted.

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What if a student has to withdraw for a semester or more during the program?
A student who wants to withdraw for a semester or more must seek permission to do so and will also need permission to re-enter. A written request for withdrawal/re-entry is needed for withdrawing, with approval from the advisor or the Program Coordinator.  Coursework that is missed must be made up during the next cohort. A student must seek permission to re-enter. A form will need to be signed by the student’s advisor for re-entering. A student has to make up the missing classes with the next cohort. The refund policy for the doctoral program follows the college's refund policy. Courses may be dropped with no penalty up to the first day of the semester. Refunds of tuition will be pro-rated beginning on the second day of the semester.

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What if students cannot successfully complete the dissertation requirement by the end of Year 3?
From the beginning of Year 4 on, all doctoral candidates are required to register for 2 credits every semester including summer, i.e. three (6) credits per academic year, until the end of Year 8 when they will leave the program as ABDs or until they pass the final defense of their dissertations, whichever comes first. Payment for the credits enables a student to continue with dissertation supervision. Otherwise, the student must withdraw from the program. The 8-year period includes the time that the student has withdrawn from the program.  

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Is there any financial aid available?
For financial aid, please contact College Financial Aid office directly.

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What is the difference between the nomination letter and recommendation letters?
The nomination letter and recommendation letters are similar in that both will demonstrate the applicant's qualifications, such as past accomplishments, leadership track record, interpersonal skills, etc. The nomination letter also should assess the applicant's potential for leadership; address the applicant's long-range goals and interests in leadership roles in education; and focus on the applicant's commitment, determination, scholarly writing skills and communication skills, as well as research experience and/or potential.

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Who should write a nomination letter?
An ideal person to write a nomination letter could include, but is not limited to, a former or current college professor at the graduate level, a current or former supervisor who has witnessed the applicant's written work and/or presentation skills, a co-author of an extensive research project or a journal article, or some renowned scholar who has worked closely with the applicant.

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Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
For application paperwork:  Katie Cairney 914-323-5435 cairneyk@mville.edu
For interview arrangement: Renee Gargano  914-248-2395 rgargano@pnwboces.org[Back to FAQs List]

For other questions:   Yiping Wan 914-323-7251 wany@mville.edu or Pat Gannon 914-798-2707 gannonp@mville.edu