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Details About the Online + Summer Loveland Visits Delivery

This mostly online delivery option begins the Summer term (late July) of each odd-numbered year. The minimal face-to-face requirements allow you to attend from anywhere, while still allowing you to meet your fellow students and fulfill doctoral residency requirements.

  • Fall and Spring terms: coursework is completely online.
  • Summer terms: you will have a 5-day course delivered in Loveland, Colorado, each of the first three Summers.
  • Your dissertation defense will be presented on campus (in Greeley) the final semester of your program.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Application Deadline

  • Priority Application Deadline: May 1st of the year that this delivery starts (each odd-numbered year).
  • Standard Application Deadline: after the priority application deadline, spots are filled on a first-come, first served basis for qualified applicants. Please contact the Program & Enrollment manager about available space after the deadline.

Application Process

There are a limited number of slots for this selective doctoral program. Please contact the Academic Program Coordinator before applying.

You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • Choose Educational Studies-EDD (Extended Campus) as your academic program of interest on the application.
    • Follow all graduate school application directions for the application fee and submission of your official transcripts and GRE scores.
  2. You will then continue in the system (or log back in later) to submit the following:
    • Writing sample - an academic paper or publication, no more than 25 pages.
    • Statement of Goals addressing your potential as a graduate student and future professional goals. The letter should be 500 words or less.
    • Three professional letters of recommendation - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to these individuals.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.

International Applicants

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio/photo page * 
  • Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email international@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years
$580/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Contact the Program Coordinator:

Heng-Yu Ku, PhD


Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw


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