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.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
    Fall Dec 1Jan 10
    December 1 is the priority funding deadline for the Dean’s Fellowship
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum graduate GPA of 3.50 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Resume (required from international students only)
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores required only if applicant does not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution (those who wish to be considered for fellowships are encouraged to submit GRE scores)
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)
      • Writing sample

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    IN Resident$444.27

    *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships 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.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why earn your doctorate at the IU School of Education? Ph.D. or Ed.D.—which is right for you? Get answers to these questions and more.

    Read the FAQ
  • Advising

    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.

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Research Areas:
Higher Education Institutional Research, Assessment, and Evidence-Based Practices
(812) 856-0855
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Associate Professor; Interim Co-Director, National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Research Areas:
College impact: (1) influence of high-impact educational practices on college students' learning and development, (2) minoritized students' collegiate experiences, (3) institutional change toward more inclusive and just campus environments
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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
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Faculty, Faculty Development, Medical Education
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Critical Race Theory, Resilience, Social Identities, Student Success
(812) 856-8388
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
College Student Persistence and Completion, Access and Equity, Underrepresented Student Outcomes
(812) 856-8387
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Executive Associate Dean

Research Areas:
Student Success in Higher Education, Identity Development in College, Community Colleges
(812) 856-8022
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Associate Professor

(812) 856-8358

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