Lead educational change with the online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education.

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Shape the Future

The St. Edward's University online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) of Leadership in 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 Benefits

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.

In-Demand, Rewarding Career

Post-secondary Education Administrator positions are expected to grow 10% and Management positions at 7%. With median salaries of $90,760 and $104,240, respectively, your Ed.D. can get you closer to a fulfilling career.

Course Topics

The online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education is a 60-credit hour program designed to be completed in 39 months. The program curriculum includes eight core courses, five research courses, and seven concentration courses in a 7-week module format.

There are two concentrations – Higher Education and Leadership & Change. The Higher Education concentration focuses primarily on leading functions within traditional, institutionally based higher education. The Leadership & Change concentration focuses on talent development, training, corporate universities, and human resource development functions within organizations, government, and nonprofits. For a full list of course offerings, please request more information.

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

Tuition & Financing

At $55,920*, the online Ed.D. of Leadership in Higher Education is a smart investment. The skills learned in this program prepare you for career advancement in the growing field of higher education administration. Tuition includes all course fees but does not include books, comprehensive fee, or other course materials. Once accepted to the program, you are required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit. Deposits are applied toward tuition and secure your place in the upcoming class.

The St. Edward’s University Financial Aid office provides information about financial aid opportunities available to graduate students.

Please visit https://www.stedwards.edu/admission-financial-aid/graduate/financial-aid or call us at (512) 387-3110 if you are interested in additional details.

*Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees.

How to Apply

Learn more about our application process on our How To Apply page.


Take Your Career to the Next Level.

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