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Hi, everyone!
I've been scrolling through posts on this site and finally decided to give in and create an account!

I'm currently a junior in my undergrad but need to start preparing for the application process to graduate school.  Through ample internships, I've fallen in love with higher education administration.  I have two primary questions that I cannot seem to find answers to elsewhere:

1. What is the likelihood that one may be accepted into an Ed.D. program straight from undergrad?  All of the research I've done thus far indicate they require a master's degree.

2. I've been looking at various master's programs, (TC, HGSE, UPenn) but have yet to find any information on the student population makeup of these groups.  I was wondering if anyone would be able to give insight into the student consistency of these higher education programs?  More specifically, do these programs include many students directly from undergraduate studies or are they more early/mid-career heavy?

If anyone could please contribute, I'd truly appreciate it!
-grad_girl

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3 minutes ago, grad_girl said:

Hi, everyone!
I've been scrolling through posts on this site and finally decided to give in and create an account!

I'm currently a junior in my undergrad but need to start preparing for the application process to graduate school.  Through ample internships, I've fallen in love with higher education administration.  I have two primary questions that I cannot seem to find answers to elsewhere:

1. What is the likelihood that one may be accepted into an Ed.D. program straight from undergrad?  All of the research I've done thus far indicate they require a master's degree.

2. I've been looking at various master's programs, (TC, HGSE, UPenn) but have yet to find any information on the student population makeup of these groups.  I was wondering if anyone would be able to give insight into the student consistency of these higher education programs?  More specifically, do these programs include many students directly from undergraduate studies or are they more early/mid-career heavy?

If anyone could please contribute, I'd truly appreciate it!
-grad_girl

An Ed.D. is a professional degree, so you'll need that master's. Master's programs in education are usually geared towards those who are working in the field. Look at the times the classes are offered for a guess as to what the focus is. If all the classes are in the evening, count on the program being geared towards professionals.

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1. You are expected to have a Master's degree if you are entering into an EdD program. Typically the most competitive students have the Masters degree and work experience, which is an important part of the classroom experience. 

2. For Master's programs, they are a mix between recent college grads and professionals. They are not always for working professionals as there are many students who enter straight from undergrad. Though typically the ones coming straight from undergrad have notable experiences that make them a good fit (i.e. I worked on research with X professor(s), I used to work for X university office, my undergrad gave me X experience and now I want a Masters, etc.).

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