Higher Education Administration Ed.D.
- Admission requirements
- Program details
- Course descriptions
Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education
Dr. Michael Mills
Individuals currently holding or interested in senior-level leadership positions in higher education will find this program flexible and accommodating to their needs. Students are prepared for advanced leadership positions in a diverse array of post-secondary institutions in academic, student, and administrative affairs.
- Faculty members are accomplished professionals with experience in the field.
- A cohort approach is offered with up to 15 students progressing together through the curriculum. This fosters a learning community where students support one another and provides a network after graduation.
- Course learning typically takes place in the classroom. Some online assignments and hybrid courses may be offered.
- The program infuses internationalization and globalization into the curriculum.
- Discover Universities in the European context through an online course and/or an education abroad course in Italy.
Mission - Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration
The mission of the Higher Education Administration applied doctoral program is to prepare higher education professionals for advanced leadership positions in a diverse array of post-secondary institutions. The program is driven by a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, leadership development, and understanding of the role the academy plays in a global society for creating and distributing knowledge.
- A new cohort starts each fall semester on the St. Cloud campus.
- A weekend model (Friday evening and all day Saturday) of course delivery makes it a great choice for working professionals.
- Coursework may be completed in eight semesters. Completion of the dissertation proposal, research, and final defense vary depending on the student’s research timeline.
- The Higher Education Administration Ed.D. program begins a new cohort each fall semester.
- Our application criteria and review procedures give significant advantage to applicants who have work experience in higher education organizations or other professional work experience.
Wait list Information
- Competition for limited places in the HIED doctoral program requires the necessity of a waitlist.
Length of Program - Measured by Semesters
- Students usually take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and concentrate on one course at a time. Each course typically meets three weekends.
|Academic Year||Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|Year One||HIED 800 (3 cr.)
HIED 807 (3 cr.)
|HIED 810 (3 cr.)
HIED 820 (3 cr.)
|HIED 801 (3 cr.)
HIED 830 (3 cr.)
|Year Two||HIED 803 (3 cr.)
HIED 809(3 cr.)
|HIED 808 (3 cr.)
HIED 821 (3 cr.)
|HIED 806 (3 cr.)
HIED 814 (3 cr.)
HIED 822 (3 cr.)
|Year Three||HIED 804 (3 cr.)
HIED 805 (3 cr.)
|HIED 812 (3 cr.)
HIED 813 or 823 (3 cr.)
*Course sequence is subject to change.
The HIED Program is organized around a set of transition points that serve as benchmarks within the program and provide for individual assessment and program accountability.
Transition Point 1:
Admission and Orientation to the EdD Program
Transition Point 2:
Qualifying Examination/Advancement to Candidacy
Transition Point 3:
Transition Point 4:
Dissertation Final Defense and Program Completion
Transition Point 5:
Post-Graduation Follow-Up Survey
- A master’s degree or doctorate is generally required for higher level postsecondary education administrator positions.**
- The average salary of those with a doctorate degree is 20% higher than those with a master’s degree.*
- Employment of postsecondary education administrators is expected to grow by 19% from 2010 to 2020.**
- Earning a doctorate places you at the pinnacle of a field where top-level employment opportunities are within reach anywhere in the world.
- Earning a doctorate provides you with a competitive advantage when seeking employment opportunities.
- Earning a doctorate provides valuable personal development for professionals at all stages of their career.
*Ewert, S. (Feb. 2012). What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status in 2009. U.S. Census Bureau. P70-129. Retrieved from www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p70-129.pdf
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Postsecondary Education Administrators, on the Internet at bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm