Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
The doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership provides the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions at the college or university level. The degree includes a curriculum of a minimum of sixty hours of graduate credit. However, the doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of coursework, assessment of professional and research competencies, and completion of a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation.
Graduates of the doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership are able to apply administrative and student development theory in leading today’s institutions of higher education; set and assess goals for program and student performance; effectively and ethically use resources in support of institutional missions; plan and provide for academic programs’ curricula; apply student development theory to support student success; support and enhance diverse perspectives on learning and leading; interpret the relationships among federal, state, and local education agencies and the laws applicable to the administration of colleges and universities; design educational research; and interpret and utilize results for improvement.
The Higher Education Leadership program follows a cohort model, which means that individuals are admitted to a specific group, called a cohort, and are required to take their coursework at the same time as the other individuals in the cohort for the duration of their enrollment in the program. This model provides students a support system to utilize as they progress through the doctoral curriculum. In the event of emergencies that require individuals to drop out of the normal schedule, they may be required to join another cohort with a different schedule.
|Cohort||Classes Begin||Application Deadline|
|Higher Education Leadership||Spring (January)||October 1|
Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Graduate Admission Application
- Application fee
- Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
- Official transcript(s) showing receipt of a master's degree from an accredited institution
- Resume (with description of education, work history, leadership experiences, and contact information for at least 3 professional references)
- Personal statement. Not to exceed 1,800 words. Please, address the following:
a) What are some highlights of your professional career?
b) What are some experiences that highlight your leadership strengths?
c) What are your professional goals?
d) What reasons do you have for pursuing a doctoral degree?
e) Please address any performance or academic indicators that may be of concern to the admissions committee.
Note: Applicants selected after the initial screening will be invited for an interview and research presentation.
Applicants should hold a master's degree, and the student's graduate GPA should be 3.5 or higher. In addition, three years of full-time professional experience in an accredited college or university, educational agency, or non-profit organization is preferred.
The program requires a minimum of sixty hours of graduate credit, successful passing of a comprehensive examination, and completion of a dissertation.
After the completion of twelve to eighteen semester hours (two or three semesters) of doctoral level coursework in the program, each student will be considered for full admission to candidacy. A doctoral program committee will review his/her academic progress, interpersonal skills, and motivation to determine whether the student should continue with the program. After full admission to the program, the student’s doctoral dissertation committee will be assigned by the Director of Doctoral Studies.
A comprehensive examination will be taken after the completion of forty-two hours of required coursework. Students must be enrolled during the semester the comprehensive examination is taken. After successful completion of the comprehensive examination and proposal course, the student may defend the dissertation proposal.
|Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership|
|EDLD 7331||Leadership Theory/Application||3|
or HEDL 7377 1
|EDLD 7333||Societal Factors Affecting Ed||3|
or HEDL 7372 2
|EDLD 7337||Academic Writing & Research||3|
|EDLD 7361||Program Evaluation in Educ||3|
or HEDL 7361 2
|EDLD 7362||Methods Of Educ Research||3|
|EDLD 7363||Proposal Development||3|
|EDLD 7365||Applied Stats I for Ed Leaders||3|
|EDLD 7368||Applied Stats II for Ed Leadrs||3|
|EDLD 7370||Education Policy And Ethics||3|
|EDLD 7372||Qualitative Methodology||3|
|EDLD 7373||American Higher Ed System||3|
or HEDL 7373 1
|HIED 7374||The College Student||3|
or HEDL 7374 1
|HIED 7375||Higher Education Finance||3|
or HEDL 7375 1
|HIED 7376||Higher Education Curriculum||3|
or HEDL 7376 1
|HIED 7377||Applied Leadershp in Higher Ed||3|
or HEDL 7377 1
|HIED 7378||Higher Ed Law & Governance||3|
or HEDL 7378 1
|HIED 7088||Special Topics in Higher Ed||3|
or HEDL 7332 2
|EDLD 8033||Dissertation 3||9|
or HEDL 8033 2
Course available as of Fall 2018.
Course available as of Fall 2019.
EDLD 8033 must be taken at least three times for a minimum total of nine hours. Once enrolled in this course, the student must enroll in it until graduation.