Ed.D in Higher Education

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Ed.D. in Higher Education

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
  • Enrollment management
  • Institutional research
  • Public policy
  • Student development
  • 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.

HESA Doctoral Programs Virtual Visit

Find valuable information about our program, including video introductions from our faculty, a virtual tour of the IU campus, and ways to connect with faculty as a prospective student.

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Our faculty

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Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Research Areas:
College Impact, High-Impact Educational Practices, Minoritized Students’ Collegiate Experiences, LGBTQ+ Collegians, Institutional Change Processes
Email:
cakilgo@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8391
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Associate Professor; Director, Center for Post Secondary Research

Research Areas:
Academic affairs and student affairs partnerships for more equitable campus environments, diversity and equity initiatives in higher education, and improved student affairs teaching and practice
Email:
llepeau@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8392
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Faculty, Faculty Development, Medical Education
Email:
mmpalmer@iu.edu
Phone:
(317) 679-8987
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Critical Race Theory, Resilience, Social Identities, Student Success
Email:
opatron@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8388
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
College Student Persistence and Completion, Access and Equity, Underrepresented Student Outcomes
Email:
maushirl@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8387
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Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Research Areas:
Student Success in Higher Education, Identity Development in College, Community Colleges
Email:
vatorres@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8022
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
History of education
Email:
andwalto@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8358

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