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Higher Education EdD

The Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education 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.

Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Major - the following six courses are required
HIED 615Introduction to Higher Education3
HIED 627Hist HIED in US3
HIED 656Higher Ed & Law3
HIED 650Doctoral Research Practicum3
HIED 622Internship3
HIED 710Research Colloquium3
Seven additional courses in the Major should be selected (with advisor approval) from the following:
HIED 620The Adult Learner3
HIED 540American Community College3
HIED 541Community College Curriculum3
HIED 542Analysis of Teaching in High E3
HIED 543Issues in Adult & Dev Ed3
HIED 621Eff Tch/Learning Higher ED3
HIED 628Survey of Dev ED3
HIED 637Inst Eff & Outcomes Assessmt3
HIED 640Policy Making in Higher Edu3
HIED 651Curr Dev High Ed3
HIED 653Com Col Instr Lead3
HIED 654Sem Inst Leadersh3
HIED 655GLB/Issues Higher Education3-6
HIED 657Org & Govern in HIED3
HIED 658Admin of Stu AFF in HIED3
HIED 659HIED Finance3
HIED 670Diversity in HIED3
Research Tools (12 semester hours) All research tool courses must have a grade of "B" or better and cannot be used to satisfy other degree requirements. HIED 695 is a prerequisite for ALL other tools courses.
HIED 695Research Methodology3
HIED 696Advanced Research Methodolgy: Interpretive Inquiry3
HIED 617Stat Proc for Edu & Rese3
HIED 619Advanced Statistical Procedures for Education and Research3
or HIED 698 Advanced Qualitative Research
Dissertation - minimum of 9 semester hours
HIED 718Doct Dissertation3-12
Total Hours60

NOTE: No course beyond the master's program that is over 10 years old at the time the doctoral degree is conferred can be used toward the doctoral degree.