Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Graduate students at a hooding ceremony

About the Program

Welcome to the Higher Education Administration doctoral program at St. Cloud State University. 

As an established or emerging leader, you take part in a distinguished doctoral program that prepares you for the future as a college and university leader.  In our program you will participate in an interactive learning community for exchanging ideas and expertise regarding critical issues in higher education. You will enjoy a curriculum that allows you to select a research topic and work simultaneously on your dissertation as you progress in your coursework. 

In this program, you will acquire knowledge through a practitioner-based curriculum that can be applied immediately to the challenges you face as a professional through a program that:

  • Prepares college and university leaders to understand all aspects of University life (i.e. academic, administrative, and student affairs).
  • Infuses global learning experiences and perspectives into course teaching and learning.
  • Extends your knowledge through interactions with diverse cohort members with a variety of educational backgrounds and professional experiences.
  • Develops the competencies you need to effectively lead colleges and universities and prepares you to be global citizens of the 21st century. 
  • Offers job placement and career promotion.
  • Allows you to select a dissertation research topic you are passionate about that contributes to the field.

Cohort Course Delivery Methods

Fall 2014 Cohort

  • This cohort will take courses face-to-face via a weekend schedule (Friday evening and all day Saturday) on the St. Cloud campus.  Students take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and typically concentrate on one course at a time.  Each course typically meets three weekends.

Fall 2015 Cohort

  • This cohort will take courses face-to-face via a weekend schedule (Friday evening and all day Saturday) on the St. Cloud campus.  Students take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and typically concentrate on one course at a time.  Each course typically meets three weekends.

Fall 2016 Cohort

  • This cohort will take courses face-to-face via a weekend schedule (Friday evening and all day Saturday) on the St. Cloud campus.  Students take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and typically concentrate on one course at a time.  Each course typically meets three weekends.

Fall 2017 Cohort

  • This cohort will take courses face-to-face via a weekend schedule (Friday evening and all day Saturday) on the St. Cloud campus.  Students take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and typically concentrate on one course at a time.  Each course typically meets three weekends.

Fall 2018 Cohort

  • This cohort will take courses online via an asynchronous format (connect online at a time and place most convenient to you), with some synchronous (meet online at a specified time) components.

About Our Students

  • Students have varied educational backgrounds (i.e. college counseling, nursing, engineering, sports management, student affairs, advising, teaching, fundraising, information technology, enrollment management).
  • 50 percent of doctoral students are 40 or older, 63 percent are women, and 21 percent are students of color. 
  • Students come from areas across the United States and around the world. 
  • Graduates have launched successful careers across a wide spectrum of career paths in higher education.