Higher Education Administration Ed.D.

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Graduate Catalog: Higher Education Administration

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Graduate Director:
Dr. Michael Mills

Program Overview

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.

Program Location

  • 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.

Application Information

  • 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.

Transition Points

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:
Dissertation Proposal

Transition Point 4:
Dissertation Final Defense and Program Completion

Transition Point 5:
Post-Graduation Follow-Up Survey

Career Opportunities

  • 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