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 January 15 with an additional deadline of March 15 (rolling). Applications will be reviewed and admission interviews conducted following each deadline date. Students applying for doctoral-level graduate assistantships and international students are strongly encouraged to apply by the January 15 or March 15 deadlines. Applications received after June 1 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 should be sent to 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.

Additional admission requirements

For admission consideration, Ed.D. applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements plus additional program requirements listed 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 and master's degrees do not need to be in the Higher Education Administration field. 
  • The GRE is required. 
    • 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 (master’s research or thesis, published article, paper prepared for a professional conference, research paper or written analysis of a professional article).

Applicants will 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 requires the necessity of a wait list. The wait list decision date is August 15. 

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