Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Dissertation Research

The dissertation is the final culminating project of your doctoral studies. It should reflect the knowledge you’ve gained through the program and focus on a topic you are passionate about that contributes to the field of higher education. You design the study, obtain or develop data collection tools, conduct your study, analyze the results and write your findings. 

You should select your adviser and committee members for your doctoral dissertation who best fit your research.

Graduate Studies Policies and Guidelines

The School of Graduate Studies includes the guidelines, submission directions, guidelines and timelines for completion as well as tips and workshops for students doing their Culminating Experience.

The St. Cloud State Institutional Review Board ensures that any research project that involves human subjects is in compliance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The board’s website includes application forms, training modules and information to assist you.

Tips to help plan your dissertation schedule

Research Resources

Miller Center

  • The University Library contains numerous resources available to help you with your research. The library also offers study rooms, equipment check out and personal assistance. 
  • Research tips, tutorials and plagiarism prevention tools.
  • Additional tips for using the library’s resources.
  • Additional library services include off-campus proxy access and interlibrary loan.
  • Higher education specific library resources

Other Resources

Purdue University has resources on the American Psychological Association (APA) format.

St. Cloud State’s The Writing Center offers individualized help and additional online writing resources.

The Statistical Consulting Center is a free service for students, faculty and staff that offers assistance in using statistics to support your research. The center will help you to design your survey and interpret the results.

Dissertation Research examples

Here is a list of examples of doctoral student's dissertation research that you can review for ideas about formatting and designing your own dissertation project. Many dissertation projects can be found in the Repository.