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Doctor of Education
Higher Education Administration

Our EdD is a part-time cohort degree that focuses on issues of research utilization to inform professional practice. You must currently have a higher education professional position or corporate education position with significant responsibility to be considered eligible.

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EdD in Higher Education Administration


Admissions is alternate years only.
The next application deadline is December 1, 2024 for a start date of September 2025.

This EdD is designed to meet the increasing need for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, corporate-sponsored education, and governmental agencies. The objectives of the EdD include providing:

  1. Meaningful learning opportunities for employed professionals to earn a terminal degree in an integrated curriculum with immediate applicability to their professional settings
  2. A coherent and flexible combination of theory, skills development, research, and problem solving, and a culminating project that will clearly add value to and enhance the knowledge of professional settings
  3. Common learning experiences in leadership, organizations, policy, and applied research while concurrently offering the opportunity for study directly related to practice settings

The EdD is a three-year model, with six credits required Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. In your course work, you may study higher education, organizational theory, globalization, finance and governance, adult and workplace learning, and organizational studies. 

During your first two semesters, you will enroll in a higher education colloquium and a research seminar where you will be introduced to the literature of higher and postsecondary education and be provided with the guidance that will help you prepare for the sequence of research projects that will lead first to candidacy and subsequently to completion of the degree. For the first summer, you will also be required to take a full-time two-week research design workshop.

Your culminating experience will be a prospectus and project designed to improve professional practice through an intervention in the workplace that builds on knowledge of how others have dealt with the issue and incorporates an appropriate theoretical perspective.

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