Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education (Ed.D).

Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education (EdD)

Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education (EdD)

As an educator who follows Jesus, you have an incredible opportunity to convey the transforming power of the gospel in your interactions with students and colleagues. Toward that end, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Intercultural Education equips you to thrive in leadership positions at intercultural educational settings around the world, whether as an instructor, administrator, mentor, coach, or cross-cultural missionary. This advanced, professional degree helps you develop mastery of intercultural education disciplines, graduate-level understanding of theological disciplines, growth in Christian maturity and integrity, and increased capacity to engage in educational administration, teaching, and research. This in-service program is designed for working educators to connect at interactive class modules with a minimum of interruption to life. The training culminates with you researching, writing, and defending a dissertation that explores a major topic of intercultural education and how you can advance that work.




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Graduate in as little as three years



6 credits online, 36 on campus via intensive seminars





What Sets Our Doctor of Education Apart?

  • Visiting and resident faculty are actively engaged in cross-cultural ministry around the world, bringing current findings and experiences into the classroom.
  • A non-residential program configuration means as few as four trips to the Portland campus and no need to move away from home.
  • Students may specialize the focus of their training by choosing electives from our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program.




Accessible Scheduling

The EdD in Intercultural Education program may be completed in three years’ time by enrolling in one or two week-long intensive seminars offered at Western Seminary Portland campus each summer. By taking two back-to-back, week-long courses each time you come to campus, you can complete your training in just five trips. Or you can use a furlough year to relocate for more intensive on campus studies.

This unique scheduling design means you can complete their studies without leaving family, career, or ministry behind. Keep in mind that this level of academic research requires you to have ready access to a theological library in your home region.

Doctoral Education That Keeps Debt Down

Educational ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary student graduates with an average of only $8532 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

In addition to a completed application for admission and the submission of all related admissions materials, applicants must present:

  • A Master of Religious Education (MRE), Master of Divinity, or comparable degree from an ATS-accredited school—preferably with intercultural studies courses in their educational background
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in any of the above degrees
  • Promise of contribution to the educational leadership of churches and denominations

If you do not meet one of these requirements, please explore our detailed admission requirements and exception policies. As always, contact an Admissions Counselor if you’ve got further questions.