Specialist in Education

Scope:  Who is Covered by this Policy?

Graduate Students


Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree candidates are classified as post­-master’s degree students. However, many of the requirements for this program are the same as those for the master’s degree, particularly the thesis and final examination requirements (see the policy “Master’s Degree” section “Final Examination”).

Minimum Credit Hours

Students must complete a minimum of thirty (30) post-master’s degree hours, including six (6) to twelve (12) hours of research study. Of these hours, students must earn a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits (including the thesis research) in their major area of study.

Time Limit for Degree Completion  

Coursework must be completed and an approved thesis must be submitted electronically within five calendar years after admission to Ed.S. candidacy. The thesis must be submitted electronically at least ten (10) business days before the commencement at which the Ed.S. is awarded.

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Additional Resources and Procedures

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Revision History


Reference ID

Graduate Handbook 4.4

Reviewing Bodies

  • Administrative
  • University Senate