Doctorates in Higher Ed Admin

EdD/PhD in Higher Educational Administration Programs (90 credits)


The doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration are designed to prepare experienced practitioners for senior administrative and policy-making positions. The PhD degree is more research oriented and requires more courses in advanced research methodologies. The EdD program primarily serves those seeking administrative and executive positions, while the PhD program serves those who wish to pursue careers in research and teaching. Graduates typically work in the following professional areas:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Policy leadership
  • College administration at all levels
  • Community college leadership and management
  • Student personnel administration
  • Corporate and post-secondary policy analysis

EdD: Degree Requirements (90 credits)


Common Core (minimum 16, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
LEAD600 Annual Conference (0)
LEAD630 Introduction to Leadership (2)
EDAL655 Higher Education Finance and Technology (3)
EDAL667 Leadership in Higher Education (3)
EDCI606 Teaching in Higher Education (3)
EDFN500 Phil. Foundations for Professionals (3)
LEAD886 Internship: (Topic) (1-12)

Concentration Area (19)
EDAL640 Higher Education Law (3)
EDAL674 Administration of Student Services (3)
EDAL675 College Student Development Theory (3)
EDAL676 Administration of Academic Services (3)
LEAD778 Higher Education Study Tour (1-6)
LEAD789 Advanced Seminar: (Topic) (1-12)

Electives (As Needed)
In consultation with your advisor.

Cognate Area (12)
Choose from outside Educational Administration, such as Business, Communication, Social Work, Psychology, Curriculum, Leadership, Research Electives, or transfer credits.

Educational Research (13)
EDCI636  Program Evaluation (3)
EDRM505 Research Methods (3)
EDRM611 Applied Statistical Methods I (3) 
LEAD535 Principles of Academic Writing (1-3)
LEAD637  Issues in Research (2-3)

Research Electives
EDRM605 Qual. Research Methods in Educ. & Psych. (3)
EDRM713 Research Meth & Stats in Educ & Psych IV (3)
HIST650  Historical & Soc. Science Research Methods (3)

Dissertation (16+)
LEAD880 Dissertation Proposal Dev (2)
LEAD899 Doctoral Dissertation (14+)

TOTAL EdD degree credits (90)

To download an EdD course plan template, go to course plans.

PhD: Degree Requirements (90 credits)


Administrative Core (minimum 16, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
LEAD600 Annual Conference (0)
LEAD630 Introduction to Leadership (2)
EDAL655 Higher Education Finance and Technology (3)
EDAL667 Leadership in Higher Education (3)
EDCI606 Teaching in Higher Education (3)
EDFN500 Phil. Foundations for Professionals (3)
LEAD886 Advanced Internship: (Topic) (1-12)

Concentration Area (19)
EDAL640 Higher Education Law (3)
EDAL674 Administration of Student Services (3)
EDAL675 College Student Development Theory (3)
EDAL676 Administration of Academic Services (3)
LEAD778 Higher Education Study Tour (1-6)
LEAD789 Advanced Seminar: (Topic) (1-12)

Electives (As Needed)
In consultation with your advisor.

Cognate Area (12)
Choose from outside Educational Administration, such as Business, Communication,
Social Work, Psychology, Curriculum, Leadership, Research Electives, or transfer credits.

Educational Research (19)
EDCI636  Program Evaluation (3)
EDRM505 Research Methods (3)
EDRM605 Qual. Research Methods in Educ. & Psych. (3)
EDRM611 Applied Statistical Methods I (3)
EDRM712 Applied Statistical Methods II (3)
LEAD535  Principles of Academic Writing (1-3)
LEAD637  Issues in Research (2-3)

Research Electives
EDRM604 Design & Analysis of Ed. & Psych. Surveys (3)
EDRM713 Applied Statistical Methods III (3)
HIST650  Historical & Soc. Science Research Methods (3)

Dissertation (16+)
LEAD880 Dissertation Proposal Dev (2)
LEAD899 Doctoral Dissertation (14+)

TOTAL PhD degree credits (90)

To download a PhD course plan template, go to course plans.

Application Process
 

Applicants must meet School of Education admission requirements for doctoral programs. They may transfer up to 42 credits from previous graduate work into the doctoral program. If they have not previously taken the course, candidates must complete EDAL500 Administration Orientation, an introduction to the philosophy of leadership and review the standards that will guide their educational plan. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 90 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree and requires the completion of a portfolio and a dissertation. Many courses are offered as variable credits; therefore, candidates should consider their credit needs when planning their course work and registering for courses. The portfolio serves as a component of the doctoral comprehensive examination. Both doctorates require the successful completion of a dissertation.

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