Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Requirements and Details


Complete admission and program requirements are found in the University Catalog.

The Higher Education Administration Ed.D. program begins a new cohort each Fall semester.

Priority Deadlines

The priority deadline for applications is Jan. 15 with an additional deadline of March 15 (rolling).

Applications will be reviewed and admission interviews conducted following each deadline date. Students applying for graduate assistantships and international students are strongly encouraged to apply by the Jan. 15 deadline. Applications received after March 15 will be considered on a space-available basis. 


When applying for a doctoral program, the School of Graduate Studies serves as a liaison between the applicant and the doctoral program. Application materials are completed online and processed by the School of Graduate Studies.

Once all application materials are received, Graduate Studies will forward materials to the doctoral program for review and an interview will be scheduled. Thereafter, an admission recommendation will be forwarded to Graduate Studies for a final decision and notification to the applicant.

Application Instructions

For all students:

  • Apply for admission to graduate study
  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample, such as thesis, research paper or professional research document
  • Minimum of three recommendation letters
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • GRE scores with test date
  • No application fee for veterans, veterans' spouse, dependents of veterans, McNair Scholars and Fulbright Scholars.

For international students:

Program Admission Requirements

For admission consideration, Ed.D. applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements, plus the program requirements below: 

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher or completion of a graduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Your undergraduate degree and master's degree do not need to be in the Higher Education Administration field. 
  • The GRE is required, but may be waived with five or more years of work experience in higher education field.
    • Request a GRE waiver by sending your resume to hied@stcloudstate.edu 
    • No minimum score is needed to be accepted into the program.
    • The score is only one small piece in determining admission. The verbal reasoning and analytical writing scores are more important than the quantitative mathematical portion.
    • You can receive test preparation assistance from the St. Cloud State Center for Continuing Studies.
    • GRE scores older than five years will be accepted if you still have the original letter you received with your scores. Take the original letter to a notary public and have the notary make a copy of it and sign the copy to submit with your application.
    • If you cannot take the GRE before submitting your application include the test date on your application.
    • A final admission decision will be made once the GRE scores are received.
    • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or other recognized graduate admissions tests may be accepted in lieu of the GRE, but is subject to approval by the graduate dean and department.
  • Submission of a professional writing sample, such as master’s research or a master's thesis, published article, paper prepared for a professional conference, research paper or written analysis of a professional article.

Applicants participate in an interview with doctoral program faculty after all other application materials are received. Application criteria and review procedures give significant advantage to applicants who have work experience in higher education organizations or other professional work experience.

Competition for limited places in the HIED program may require a wait list. Wait-list decisions are complete by Aug. 15.

Prior Courses

Prior credits may be applied to your doctor of education program.  A maximum of 12 master's credits may be applied toward the doctoral program electives upon approval.  The program will determine your credits shortly after program admission.