The dissertation is the most substantial scholarly work completed as part of the EdD Program. It is a culminating experience and an extension of work completed during the program. The dissertation at Aurora University is primarily practice-based and dealing with issues faced by educational organizations. It should have relevance to the doctoral student’s professional setting. The dissertation belongs first and foremost to the doctoral student. The role of the dissertation chair and other dissertation committee members is to assist the doctoral student in the completion of the research and writing of an excellent dissertation. The stages of dissertation completion process are intended to assist doctoral students, not become barriers to impede progress. The dissertation chair and committee members serve as coaches to help doctoral students through the process. Students have input in the selection of members of their dissertation committee.

For a description of important details of the dissertation, please see the EdD handbook.

Important Dissertation Deadlines
Graduation/degree awarded Deadline to complete pre-defense meeting Final draft to committee Deadline for oral defense of dissertation Deadline for submission of final dissertation Graduation Ceremony
December September 1 October 1 November 1 December 1 December
May January 15 February 15 March 15 April 15 May
May 1 June 1 July 1 August 1 December