Shape the Future

The St. Edward’s University online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) of Leadership and Higher Education empowers you to lead strategic change. Through this program, you discover how to solve critical leadership issues, use data to make decisions, and master the learning theories for students of all ages. We offer two concentrations – Higher Education or Leadership & Change – so your Ed.D. focuses on your unique career aspirations.

Program Details

Program Format:


Credit Hours:


Transfer Credit:

Up to 9

Estimated Completion Time:

39 Months


Connect In-Person
& Online

Our program enables you to develop connections before courses even start. You join your cohort in a kickoff on-campus residency, which sets the stage for interacting and networking online.

Research That
Makes a Difference

You can start impacting the world before graduation. A faculty mentor supports you in an Action Research Project to address a problem of practice through systematic inquiry.

Earn Your Degree
While Working

You can finish your Ed.D. in 39 months – all while working full-time. Our flexible, online format enables you to fit your coursework when it’s convenient for your busy schedule.

Learning Goals

All graduates of the St. Edward’s University Ed.D Program will be able to:

  • Critically examine innovative ways to lead within the context of post-secondary education
  • Use data analytics in a leadership capacity in order to inform resolution of complex issues facing organizations
  • Demonstrate capacity to lead complex adaptive systems in a constantly-changing world
  • Provide theoretically-informed recommendations for organizational issues through the lens of social justice
  • Develop strategies that address real-world issues through practice-based research
  • Demonstrate both oral and written communication skills sufficient to be recognized as a competent leader in organizations

Program Curriculum and Courses

The online Ed.D. of Leadership and Higher Education is a 60-credit hour program, designed to be completed in 39 months while working full time. The program allows students to start two times a year, in the Fall or Spring.

The program curriculum includes:

8 CORE courses (24 credit hours)
6 RESEARCH courses (21 credit hours)
5 CONCENTRATION courses (15 credit hours) in one of two concentration areas: Higher Education or Organizational Leadership & Change.
Courses are offered in a 7-week accelerated format, with two 7-week terms roughly equaling the length of a traditional semester.

  • Core Leadership in the 21st Century: Current Trends, Emerging Possibilities
  • Core Demystifying Doctoral Research & Writing
  • Core Introduction to Digital Learning Environments
  • Core Discerning the Past & Leading the Future of Education
  • Core Ethical Decision-making: Global Issues, Frameworks & Approaches
  • Core Managing Resources: Economic & Financial Issues
  • Core Socially-Conscious Leadership
  • Core Predictive Analytics in Higher Education & Leadership


Applicants for the Ed.D. of Leadership and Higher Education must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Credit from a master’s degree program may be transferable for this program. Contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.

Supplementary materials for the application include your current resume, personal statement expressing your interest and goals for the program and transcripts from all institutions previously attended.” International applicants may be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to demonstrate English proficiency.