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Built on SIT’s powerful experiential learning model, our hybrid doctorate in global education (EdD) combines rigorous online coursework with short residencies in Vermont to fit the needs of part-time and full-time professionals seeking to rapidly accelerate their career while tackling highly relevant issues in global education, both locally and abroad.

Drawing from SIT’s unique brand of in-depth, reflective practice and intensive research training, our doctorate gives you the tools you need to excel in an increasingly diverse, competitive, and interdisciplinary world. Courses take place in person and online with an estimated 10 to 15 hours a week of studies.

Start the program in summer 2021 on our beautiful southern Vermont campus with a three-week residency. SIT residencies are designed to ground and orient you to your studies, introduce you to SIT’s global values, and allow you to bond with students and faculty while acclimating to your coursework. You will return for two weeks the following summer, but otherwise work completely remotely.

Courses are deeply immersive, with engaging doctoral seminars; case studies; theory; data collection and research methods; written projects; and reflective practice tied to your ongoing work experience. You may transfer up to 12 graduate credits from a relevant master’s program into this three-year, 60-credit doctorate. Throughout the program, whether in-person or online, you will receive one-on-one guidance and instruction from an SIT advisor who, along with your doctoral colleagues, will work closely with you on research topics of your choosing. In the final semester, you will present your doctoral defense in person or remotely.

SIT’s Doctorate in Global Education is recommended to students with a passion for international work and education at any level, in any subfield, at any location. As a graduate of this program, you will join SIT’s broad professional and alumni networks throughout the world to advance to the top of the field of international education.

*Accreditation in process; the first cohort will begin in June 2021.


With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you will become an expert in educational policy, practice, theory, and research.

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In this program, you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of foundational theories, undergo rigorous research training, and explore a range of topics through blended and online coursework
  • Explore a wide variety of relevant electives such as grant writing and policy briefs; conflict analysis; theory and practice of peace and justice; and negotiation, mediation and dialogue
  • Undertake guided reflective practice to build and realize meaningful connections between theory and practice, in addition to reflecting on concepts, theoretical debates, methodologies and approaches, while applying these to knowledge in the workplace
  • Pursue a topic of your interest and conduct dissertation research in an environment such as your workplace, closely guided by SIT faculty, your EdD cohort, and other advisors
  • Engage in doctoral seminars that guide you through the entire dissertation process and enable you to build a community of practice that provides constructive feedback and peer support
  • Conceptualize and develop your dissertation proposal; research your dissertation topic; and complete and defend your dissertation by the end of the third year


Semester One: Summer, three-week residency and online (7 Credits)

  • Theoretical Foundations I
  • Research Methods 1: Qualitative Approaches
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 1
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement (can be fulfilled any time prior to graduation)

Semester Two: Fall, online (8 Credits)

  • Theoretical Foundations II
  • Research Methods 2: Qualitative Approaches
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 2

Semester Three: Spring, online (8 Credits)

  • Research Methods 3: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 3
  • Elective

Semester Four: Summer, two-week residency and online (8 Credits)

  • Research Methods 4: Qualitative or Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 4
  • Elective

Semester Five: Fall, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 5
  • Elective
  • Preparation of Dissertation Proposal and Human Subjects Review Application

Semester Six: Spring, online (8 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 6
  • Proposal Defense
  • Data collection
  • Elective

Semester Seven: Summer, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 7
  • Data collection
  • Dissertation Writing

Semester Eight: Fall, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 8
  • Dissertation Writing

 Semester Nine: Spring, online and graduation (6 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 9
  • Dissertation Defense (can be remote)
  • Graduation
Alumni Careers

Students in this program will be fully prepared to work in the field in a variety of areas, including leadership positions in academia, higher education, think tanks, NGOs, nonprofits, philanthropy, government agencies, and research.

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Find out some of the EdD career paths that may be open to you:

  • · University professor, assistant or associate professor
  • · Executive director of higher education center or nonprofit
  • · Nonprofit, think tank or NGO management or leadership
  • · Director of programs for nonprofit or NGO
  • · Education administrator
  • · Assistant/associate provost or provost 
  • · Senior or leadership role in academic affairs
  • · Researcher at think tank or NGO

SIT faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.

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Photo of Alla Korzh Alla Korzh, Program Chair 

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Admissions Criteria

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

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To be considered for admission to SIT’s Doctorate in Global Education, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent from an accredited university
  • One research methods course at the MA level (i.e. Introduction to Research Methodology). In the case of SIT alums, Practitioner Inquiry will meet this requirement
  • Strong academic writing and scholarly potential, as evidenced by a statement of purpose
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • A preferred grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

(MA holders and SIT alumni in a relevant field will be able to transfer up to 12 credits toward the EdD program. Please ask us for more information.)

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: Applicants are encouraged to talk with SIT faculty and staff and hear from current students and SIT Graduate Institute alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

English Language Ability

Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.

Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT) or 100 on the internet-based text (iBT)Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.


The Covid-19 pandemic has made center-based testing unavailable in much of the world. Because of this, Duolingo, which is taken at home over the Internet, is now accepted as a substitute for the TOEFL and IELTS at a growing number of universities

The Duolingo English Test presents an entirely different approach to testing because students can take it at home from their own computer. There are no test centers and no appointments. The cost is $49 USD and they can take the test online, anytime.


See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

Ed.D degree total tuition and fees all terms combined - 60 credits: $79,500.

Students may apply and receive approval for the transfer of up to 12 credits ($63,600 total tuition and fees with a full 12 credit transfer). Year 1 on-campus room and board: $1,050, Year 2 on-campus room and board: $900.

Indirect Costs

SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation. Individual expenses may vary.

· Year 1 books: $500

· Year 1 personal expenses: $1,500

· Year 1 transportation costs: $500

· Year 2 books: $500

· Year 2 personal expenses: $1,500

· Year 2 transportation costs: $500

· Year 3 books: $500

Additional Costs

Estimated Student Loan Fees:

· Year 1: $225

· Year 2: $225

· Year 3: $225

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.


Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.