If you’re planning a career in senior-level college or university administration, the 60-credit post-master’s Ed.D. provides in-depth study of administrative functions informed by theory, research, and practical experience, allowing students to identify their professional interests and pursue courses and related activities that meet those needs.
The Ed.D. Program requires a set of core courses that focus upon most of the major areas of expertise in which effective college and university administrators are required to be knowledgeable. These include administration, governance, law, and finance. In addition students can choose courses in a variety of areas including:
Assessment, economics and finance of postsecondary education
Teaching and learning
The doctoral dissertation for the Ed.D. can be focused on a more action-oriented aspect of research. Many full-time students in the Ed.D. program who are able to identify a dissertation topic by the end of their second year can finish their degree in a three- to four-year time period.
This is an in-person degree program, meaning students are required to attend the majority of their courses in person. While some portions of the program may utilize online, hybrid, and other technological modes, the majority of the HESA experience will take place in Bloomington, and attending community events will be an integral part of your being a contributing member of the HESA community.
International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
The Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.
Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you are eligible for a reduced application fee of $35. Learn more »
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Master’s degree from an accredited institution
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
Completed online application that includes:
Two letters of recommendation
Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)
Your program of study is planned with the help of an Advisory Committee composed of two members from the higher education major including your faculty advisor, and one faculty member representing the minor field. A meeting with the Advisory Committee is required to approve the program of study.