This professionally-oriented, part-time doctoral program prepares mid-career administrators working in higher or postsecondary education in New York City for senior leadership roles in colleges, universities, policy and research centers, and corporate education. Coursework in higher and postsecondary education combines research, skills development, problem solving, and other learning opportunities that you can apply to your professional practice.
A PhD program in Higher and Postsecondary Education is also available.
Academic Plan Code: HIAD
Credits: 42 credits
Academic Load: Part-time only. Students should expect to finish all coursework and near degree completion at the end of three years in the program.
Fall: December 1 (see Admissions Timeline below)
Admissions Timeline/Information Session
The Program in Higher Education Administration has adopted an alternate-year admissions process whereby candidates will be admitted every other year on the following timeline:
Entrance in Fall 2022: no cohort
Entrance in Fall 2023: December 1, 2022 application deadline
Entrance in Fall 2024: no cohort
Candidates will begin their studies in the Fall of odd-numbered years with the deadline for application being the previous December 1 (even-numbered year).
This is an on-campus, in-person program with courses offered on weekdays. In order to be considered for admission, you must be a full-time employee in the field of higher and postsecondary education within the New York City region at the time of application. In addition, candidates must exhibit appropriate combinations of the following characteristics:
- track record of increasing levels of professional responsibility.
- master's degree in higher education or a related field.
- current professional position in a suitable setting closely linked to the specialization they intend to pursue.
- applicants should have at least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience.
- a clear plan for how the applicant would use the program/degree to further career goals.
- strong recommendations from those in a position to judge academic abilities.
- evidence of academic promise including past performance, purpose statement, interviews and GRE scores.
How to Apply
These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.
1. Prepare Your Application
Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.
You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.
You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.
Upload an essay to the "Higher Education Administration - EDD Essay" section of the online application that responds to the following:
Describe an issue in higher and postsecondary education, or a problem of practice, that is important and timely. What is the significance of this issue and what aspect(s) of it need further attention from researchers, practitioners, or policymakers?
Your essay should be no longer than 500 words or two double-spaced pages.
Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.
Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.
If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, for those applicants unable to provide GRE test scores you are required to submit a solo-authored academic writing sample. This writing sample is intended to demonstrate your ability to engage in critical academic writing. This may be a course paper from your previous studies, a project/research report related to their work, or an excerpt from a longer piece (e.g., undergraduate or master's thesis). If there is no suitable paper, you can submit new works. The writing sample should be about 15-20 pages in length including references (double space, 12 point font, 1 inch margins)
For those applicants who plan to submit an official GRE test score, see testing requirements, you do not have to provide a writing sample.
The Higher Education program temporarily suspends the GRE requirement for the 2021 cycle. It is your choice which one you submit. The admissions committee does not weigh one option over the other.
See testing requirements.
After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.
You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.
If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.
Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.
Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.
Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.
3. Receive Your Admission Decision
You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late March or early April for fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.