Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education

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About this Program

The Ed.D. in Higher Education is an online program designed for the career needs of working professionals in higher education seeking a practitioner- driven program delivered within a part-time format.

  • The Ed.D. was designed so that it can be completed over a three-year period.
  • The Ed.D. requires 48 semester hours of post-master's degree coursework.

Students must be continuously enrolled in six semester hours for eight consecutive semesters to complete the program’s course requirements in three years.

The degree culminates with a dissertation-in-practice (DiP).

  • The DiP provides the opportunity for Ed.D. students to hone expertise in a content area, learn and apply assessment and evaluation principles, and self-author career plans to help colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations improve equity and demonstrate accountability.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Doctorate Program

    Area of Study



    3 years


    Ed.D. in Education

    Program Location



    Higher Education

    Required Credit Hours


    Ed.D. in Higher Education

    The Ed.D. in Higher Education prepares future educational leaders aiming to understand and influence the dynamics of post-secondary institutions for constructive advancement.

    The Ed.D. in Higher Education requires the following courses for a total of 48 credit hours.

    To complete the Doctorate of Education in Higher Education, students must complete:

    • 48 hours of Program of Study courses

    Program of Study Courses (48)

    • EDHE 701 Doctoral Studies Proseminar
    • EDHE 797 Dissertation
    • EDRS 701 Educational Statistics II
    • EDHE 713 Education and Society
    • EDHE 700 Models of Inquiry & Literature Review
    • EDHE 721 Recent Developments in Educational Practice
    • EDHE 702 Program Planning & Assessment in Higher Education
    • EDRS 703 Advanced Methods of Applied Research
    • EDRS 733 Special Topics in Educational Research
    • EDRS 704 Foun. of Qualitative Research Methods
    • EDHE 730 Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Leadership
    • EDHE 729 Leadership & Organizational Theory for Higher Ed.

    Students applying to the Ed.D. in Higher Education must meet the following requirements. Students must have:

    • The GRE with a score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing portion.
    • Have strong grade point averages for previous study (undergraduate, master’s, or first-professional degree transcripts)
    • Statement of purpose
      • Please discuss how your life experiences (personal, academic, and/or professional) have fostered your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in higher education, the strengths you bring that will help you be successful in the program, areas of research interest you have, and how earning the degree might help you achieve your goals as a professional serving in higher education.
    • Submit a resume that demonstrates experience in higher education and ability to advance in the profession.
    • Provide contact information for three professional references, one of these being a current or previous supervisor who is willing to write a strong letter of support.

    To properly complete the application process for fall admission, students must submit all application materials before the deadline:

    • Priority application deadline: March 1
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