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Higher Education Leadership EdD

The Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership is a 60 semester hour program of study designed specifically for persons who already have a master's degree.  Building upon the master's degree, the program requires a major course of study of 36 semester hours (not including the dissertation), plus 12 semester hours of research tools, 3 semester hours of proposal design, and 9 semester hours of dissertation.

Doctoral advisement committees include (minimally) 3 faculty members.  Two faculty members will be from the department and one faculty member from outside the department.  These individuals help determine the courses to be taken and guide in the dissertation proposal and the dissertation.

The research tools develop proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

Research Proficiency

All candidates must meet Graduate School research tools requirements for the Doctor of Education degree (see Office of Graduate Studies for more information).


A dissertation of at least 9 semester hours must be completed to the satisfaction of the major department.