Degree Requirements: Higher Education Ed.D.

Graduate study in higher education prepares individuals for careers in administration and leadership in public and private two-year colleges, four-year institutions, and universities. Graduates work in a variety of service, research, and teaching programs in education agencies and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Their careers offer the satisfaction of serving human needs and realizing valued societal goals. Graduate study in higher education can also improve opportunities for advancement and mobility as well as offer intrinsic rewards that stimulate productivity, enhance expertise, and renew motivation.

The Ed.D. student will demonstrate knowledge of policy and practice through the conduct of systematic inquiry in a defined arena of higher education, the development of an evaluation strategy based upon a clear understanding of current practice and professional standards, and the application of cultural and contextual variables to the unique institutional setting in which the inquiry is to occur.

Ed.D. Requirements

  • Minimum of 57 semester hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, including:
    • 21 hours of core courses
    • 18 hours of research courses
    • 12 hours of higher education foundations courses
    • 6 hours of higher education or related electives courses
  • Minimum of 24 hours of dissertation credit
  • Successful completion of Higher Education Program Scholarly Engagement benchmarks

Ed.D. Program of Study

This information is based on the program of study listed in the 2017-2018 Higher Education Doctoral Handbook. Degree requirements, course names, or course numbers may change. 

Higher Education Core (21 hours)

  • EDH 5051 Higher Education in America (3)*
  • EDH 5405 Legal Aspects of College and University Administration (3)
  • EDH 5506 College and University Business Administration (3)
  • EDH 5639 Strategic Management in Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 6505 Finance of Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 6635 Organization and Governance (3)
  • EDH 6936 Seminar in Student Development Theories (3)
  • Pro Seminar (0)

Higher Education Foundations (12 hours)

  • EDH 6067 International Perspectives in Higher Education (3) or EDF 5089 Black and Latino Education: History and Policy (3)
  • EDH 6081 Leading Change in Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 6085 Social Justice in Higher Education (3)
  • EDH 6401 Public Policy in Higher Education (3)

Research Core (18 hours)

  • EDF 6486 Applied Research Methods in Ed Leadership and Policy (3)
  • EDF 5935 Introduction to Quantitative  Analysis for Education Policy (3)
  • EDF 6475 Qualitative Methods of Education Research (3)
  • EDF 5461 Introduction to Program Evaluation (3)
  • EDH 5068 Outcomes of Undergraduate Education (3)
  • EDA 6930 Literature Review (or EDH 6935 Prospectus Development) (3)

Higher Education or Related Electives (6 hours)

Dissertation (24 hours)

  • EDH 8964 Preliminary Examination (0)
  • EDH 6980 Dissertation Hours (24)
  • EDH 9985 Dissertation Defense (0)

* Students who have completed a graduate degree within the five years preceding the beginning of doctoral studies may take an advanced course in place of EDH 5051 Higher Education in America. Replacement courses include History of Higher Education, History of Education, Women in Higher Education, and Black and Latino Education: History and Policy.