Concordia University - Portland Reviews - Doctoral in Educational Leadership

3.1 out of 5 stars
(12 Reviews)
  • Portland (OR)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,910
60% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 12 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Angie - 5/25/2019
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2018
"I found Concordia to be a great program for my needs and support me in pursuing a higher degree. The program was flexible and allowed me to continue working as well as keep up with my busy family. All of the professors were interested in ensuring I learned and was successful. My dissertation chair was awesome! He supported me and pushed me to achieve more. Overall, it was a fabulous experience being a student with this university."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Valencia Johnson - 6/23/2018
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2018
"The school is a ripoff and a fraud. BEWARE! This university is a ripoff and a fraud. The professors failed to follow curriculum, and they are very prejudice. All they worrying about is money. I contacted the President's Office, Vice Provost and Director, and they failed to do anything. I passed the course in the dissertation phase, and then they wanted me to take the course again even though I passed the course."
Michelle Liu - 10/10/2018

Hello Valencia, In the EDDR 697 course, candidates complete and defend their dissertation proposal before the dissertation committee. Should candidates need more than one session to complete and defend their proposal, they would need to register for an additional session of EDDR 697. The course may be taken up to six times in order to allow additional time to complete the dissertation proposal and defense. Therefore, it is possible for candidates to receive a passing grade for EDDR 697 but still need to take another iteration in order to complete and defend their proposal.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Toni Jean - 6/15/2018
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2020
"I love Concordia University-Portland doctoral and graduate programs. It's worth the effort, professors are awesome and engaging. As an online student, you MUST be self-motivated. I am a 4.0 GPA, still striving. Thank you CU for the opportunity to SHINE."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Doctoral Student - 5/22/2018
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2020
"I was so excited when I was accepted into the Educational Doctoral Program at Concordia University Portland Oregon. I completed over 10 courses within the Ed.D program. I spent late nights and early mornings completing the course work, and maintained an 3.8 average. I experienced issues during my second transition phase within the doctoral program. Please, don't waste your time with this program Many of my colleagues were subject to bias maneuvers on what candidate will move forward within the doctoral program. I dedicated two years of my life to Concordia, Ed.D program, only to be disappointed."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Doctoral Student - 2/22/2017
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2018
"Last year of the program is unorganized. You are given minimal communication in regards to courses. At times you are given the wrong communication. It seems that they will keep you in the program as long as possible to charge you as much as possible."
Michelle Liu - 10/10/2018

Hello, Thank you for your feedback on your experience in the Ed.D. program. The transition from Phase II to the research courses can be a challenge since candidates work more independently. However, it is important that candidates are getting support from their Faculty Chair and dissertation committee. There are objectives that need to be fulfilled at various points of Phase III, such as proposal defense, before candidates can proceed to Phase IV of the program. Should candidates need more than one session to complete their dissertation proposal, they would need to register for an additional session of EDDR 697. The course may be taken up to six times in order to allow the candidate additional time to complete the proposal and defense.

1.5 out of 5 stars
DoctoralCandidate - 11/12/2016
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"I was excited to find an Ed.D program that fit in with the career I was pursuing, only to be disappointed in the lack of support and professionalism of the professors. It is disheartening when you reach out to a professor for advice or help only to never get a response. The coursework is a joke. I repeat the same words week after week in the assignments with no true learning. If I did this in the classroom, I would be laughed out of education. It is also frustrating when the professors demand work be submitted by a deadline, but you wait 3 days, a week, two weeks before you see any grades or feedback on that assignment. Did I mention I am doing the same assignment over and over again? They just change the name of the assignment each week, and reword the instructions just a little. And this is why I am looking into transferring."
Michelle Liu - 10/10/2018

Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback on your experience in the Ed.D. program. Instructors are required to respond to student emails within 24 hours, grade discussion board posts within 24 hours after peer responses are due and grade assignments within 48 hours. Should you come across any issues with a lack of feedback or response from an instructor, please don't hesitate to contact Student Services at eddstudentservices@education.cu-portland.edu or 888-628-2752 so that your advisor can make contact with your instructor or escalate if needed. The Office of Doctoral Studies is open to feedback regarding the course content. We encourage you to complete the course evaluations at the conclusion of each course or feel free to share your feedback with Student Services so that it can be forwarded to the appropriate department.

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