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COVID-19 Update: Our Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education is Online. We're Open and Enrolling Students.


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Online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education

The online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) of Leadership in Higher Education is designed to provide the skills and experience required for success in the rapidly changing world of higher education administration. Completed in as little as 39 months, students in this program gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to identify critical issues facing today’s higher education institutions and to examine and define approaches to comprehensively address those challenges.

Accelerated, Online Program

The online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education can be completed in 39 months while working full-time. While coursework and assignments are completed online, students are encouraged to interact with faculty and network with classmates via interactive learning sessions, assignments, discussions, and projects. One residency brings students together to launch the cohort and learn about the Action Research Project.

Unique Student Experience

The online graduate experience is dynamic and engaging, including both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Small classes provide increased engagement with each other and your professors in a highly interactive online course format. With the support of a faculty supervisor/mentor, students will engage in an Action Research Project that addresses a problem of practice through a reflective process of systematic inquiry.

Critical Skills for an Evolving Field

There is significant growth in demand for leaders in higher education as well as leadership and training organizations. Also, the complexity of jobs in higher education administration is increasing due to new student populations, an increase in the number of first-generation college graduates, greater emphasis on university profitability, and increased scrutiny on outcomes.

In-Demand Career Path

The career outlook for post-secondary education administrators is strong, with faster than average growth (10%) compared to other professions, and a national median salary of $90,760 (BLS, 2018). This means that 18,200 new jobs will be created and need skilled professionals to advance these institutions.


The online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education is a 60-credit hour program, designed to be completed in 39 months while working full time. Students who choose the Higher Education concentration will be focused primarily on leading functions within traditional Institutionally-based higher education. Those who choose Leadership & Change will be focused on talent development, training, corporate universities and other human resource development functions within business, government, nonprofit and organizations. For a full list of course offerings, please request more information.

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Higher Education

  • Leading Strategically in Higher Education
  • The Legal, Ethical, & Moral Responsibilities of Universities
  • The Adult Learner: Foundations, Implications, Practice

Leadership & Change

  • Systemic Inquiry: Leading in Crisis & Complexity
  • Mentoring & Coaching for Leadership Success
  • Leading Higher Performance Teams
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How to Apply

Admission to the online Ed.D. of Leadership of Higher Education is selective. To apply for this program, students are required to have a master’s degree* from an accredited university and completion/submission of the following application materials.

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit official transcript from all insitutions attended
  • Submit a resume or C.V.
  • Submit a letter of intent explaining why you wish to pursue this program
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a writing sample
  • Submit a copy of a government issued ID (Driver's License, State ID, or Passport)

* Credit from master's degree programs may be transferable for this program. Contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.

Tuition and Financing

At $54,000, the online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education is a smart investment, as the skills learned in this program prepare graduates for career advancement in a rapidly growing field. Fees associated with the program are included in tuition. Books and materials are additional. Once accepted to the program, students are required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class.


The St. Edward’s University Office of Student Financial Services assists students by providing information about financial aid opportunities available to graduate students. Please complete the contact form or call 512.387.3110 for additional assistance.

Take Your Career to the Next Level.

Please fill out the contact form for more information or to request a call from an enrollment counselor.