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 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.

  • Application Deadline
    DomesticInternational
    FallDec 1Dec 1
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    Fee$60$65
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*
      • Writing Sample Required

      *International students only

  • Financial Aid
    • Learn about a variety of fellowships and travel awards that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Degree Requirements

    A student's program of study is planned with the help of an Advisory Committee composed of two members from the higher education major including the student's faculty advisor, and one faculty representing the minor field. A meeting with the Advisory Committee is required to approve the program of studies.

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.