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.

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 SemesterDeadline
    Fall Dec 1
    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.

    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
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores only required from applicants without 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)
      • Resume (international students only)
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)
      • Writing sample

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Program Requirements
  • 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.
  • 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.

Our Faculty

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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
High-impact educational practices; the college experience for minoritized student populations; the facilitation of institutional change processes toward more inclusive and equitable campus environments; critical quantitative methods
Email:
cakilgo@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8391
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Professor; Director, Center for Post Secondary Research

Email:
tflaird@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8366
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Associate Professor

Email:
llepeau@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8392
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Associate Professor; Senior Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research

Research Areas:
Student engagement in college, evidence-informed improvement of colleges and universities, higher education accountability
Email:
amcc@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-4435
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Faculty, Faculty Development, Medical Education
Email:
mmpalmer@indiana.edu
Phone:
(317) 274-5231
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Visiting Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Racialized, gendered, and sexualized experiences of Latina/o students; Men of color; Student success; Resilience; Diversity and social justice; Critical race theory
Email:
opatron@iu.edu
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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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Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department Chair

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

Email:
andwalto@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8358

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