I'm currently in my last class for the Ed.S. program at Liberty University, and I'm evaluating my options for fall and beyond: 1) I have the option to continue with Liberty toward the Ed.D. 2) I have the option to stop entirely. 3) I have the option to start with a different school. ------ I've been on this board for a few years, and, although my posting has been off and on, I have kept up with the general discussions, so my pondering is not a matter of failing to search the forum. (Translation: no "utfse" comments, please.) I thought I would throw the ball up in the air to see what options this community recommends. Some background: I work in Christian higher education administration, and I do like an evangelical Christian focus in coursework and research. My BA is in ministry, and I have a background working for churches and in Christian higher education. Nevertheless, I'm open to a program at a secular university as long as the environment isn't openly hostile to evangelical Christians. I am concerned a bit about continuing with the Liberty Ed.D. because my MA (Human Services with a business concentration) and my soon-to-be-completed EdS are both with Liberty. I have 18 graduate hours in English from WNMU (plus 3 additional hours in creative writing), and I am very interested in this field. ------ Does anyone have any suggestions about a terminal degree I could consider? In terms of research, education is actually my least favorite area I have studied. I enjoy studying religion, psychology, sociology, and the integration of these areas, and I also have an interest in literature and writing. I would consider doing an Ed.D. if the program is flexible enough and would accept a decent number of my Ed.S. hours. Liberty will accept 27 hours toward the Ed.D., so I would want the number to be comparable. Here are my limitations: 1) Cost---I don't want a prohibitively expensive program, but I understand graduate degrees will be somewhat expensive. 2) Flexibility---I need an asynchronous program. My work schedule often involves nights, and I can't necessarily predict when those nights will be. 3) Limited residencies---I can maybe do a week per year, but I can't do two or three week residencies, due to my job. 4) U.S. Program--I need a program based in the U.S. because I will need to use federal financial aid. ------------- I know this community has the best information available, so I am now officially open for suggestions!