Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in last 30 hours of graduate credit.
  • Letter of intent explaining applicants career goals as related to the doctoral program.
  • Two letters of reference from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and/or professional competence.
  • 3-year minimum work experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Writing sample.
  • Current resume including pertinent publications and presentations.
  • Complete application (link to application) and non-refundable $50 fee.
  • All official transcripts from institutions of higher education.
  • No transfer credit accepted.
  • International transcripts to be evaluated by either ECE or WES.
  • International students will need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based).

Admission Process

After a complete application is reviewed, a personal interview may be required. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is July 15. New cohorts start their studies around August 20 each year.

Residency Requirements

  • Attendance at one American Council on Education Annual Meeting.
  • Participation in at least two weekend lecture seminars scheduled by and at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Ethel C. Ragland, Ed.D., MN, RN
Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Email: egeorge@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6084

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

By Mail:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 258
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6281