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Higher Education Administration, EdD

As a higher education administrator, you will guide higher education curriculum, faculty research, and student services in an exciting and growing, high-paying field.

Program Information

Do you aspire to a leadership role advancing higher education organizations? Step into a career of leading coalitions and building relationships that elevate educational organizations towards the mission of student development and academic achievement as a Higher Education Administrator

  • The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is the highest university degree awarded in recognition of academic preparation for professional practice in Educational Leadership. While research is an important component of the Doctor of Education program, candidates are provided with coursed and experiences to prepare them to be effective practitioners and leaders in higher education and related fields.

    Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration Concentration, Ed.D.

    Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in schools and higher education:

Meet with our Graduate Studies Director 

Application, Funding, and Support

Admission and Program Requirements

  • Meet the ISU Graduate School admissions requirements
  • Hold a master's degree in educational administration or a related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a minimum of 3.5 GPA at the graduate level
  • Submit a letter of interest, stating why the applicant is interested in the Ed.D. with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration
  • Submit a current resume, including the names of and contact information for at least 2 professional references
  • Successful complete an interview with faculty in the Higher Education Administration emphasis
  • Successful performance on an on-site writing sample completed in conjunction with the interview

The ED.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) requires a minimum of 64 credits:

  • 18 credits in the doctoral core
  • 24 credits in the area of emphasis
  • 3 credits of elective coursework
  • 9 credits of cognate courses (500 level or above)
  • 10 dissertation credits

Comprehensive Examinations

Candidates are required to take written comprehensive examinations over the Doctoral Core and may take written comprehensive exams over the K-12 School Educational Administration emphasis. Successful completion of the EDLA 7751: Case Study (required for the Ed.S.) may be used as an alternative to the Educational Administration emphasis comprehensive exams. Comps are normally written during or immediately following the last semester in which the candidate takes formal coursework. Procedures for comps are explained in the EDLP 8801 Capstone Seminar.

Continuous Enrollment 

Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrollment, including during summers, throughout the Ed.D. program.

ISU Course Catalog

Higher Education Administration, Ed.D.

Doctoral Core Courses (18 credits)

EDLP 7700 Change Strategies 3 credits

EDLP 7703 Leadership & Organizational Development 3 credits

EDLP 7705 Advanced Research Design – Qualitative 3 credits

EDLP 7706 Advanced Research Design – Quantitative 3 credits

EDLP 7721 OR 7722 Intermediate OR Advanced Education Statistics 3 credits

EDLP 8800 Doctoral Seminar 1 credit

EDLP 8801 Capstone Seminar 1 credit

EDLP 8830 Doctoral Comprehensive Exams 1 credit

Higher Education Administration Emphasis Courses (24 credits)

EDLH 7730 History and Philosophy of Higher Education 3 credits

EDLH 7731 Law in Higher Education 3 credits

EDLH 7732 College & University Curriculum 3 credits

EDLH 7733 Finance in Higher Education 3 credits

EDLH 7734 Issues/Trends in Higher Education 3 credits

EDLH 7736 Instructional Leadership & Faculty Affairs in Higher Ed 3 credits

EDLH 7737 Practicum 3 credits

EDLH 7738 Assessment & Accountability in Higher Education 3 credits

Electives (3 credits) must be from the list below or in consultation with the student's advisor

COUN 6680 Foundations of Student Affairs 3 credits

EDLH 7735 Government and External Relations 3 credits

EDLC 7730 The Modern Community College 3 credits

EDLH 7739 Higher Ed Leadership: Strategic & Enrollment Planning, Governance, and Institutional Research 3 credits

Cognate Courses (9 credits)   

Cognate (minimum 9 graduate-level credit (500 or above); may include courses taken as part of a previous graduate degree; the cognate and the courses that are to comprise the cognate are to be determined prior to cognate study enrollment in consultation with the candidate’s advisor and confirmed by emphasis area faculty).

Dissertation (minimum of 10 credits)

EDLP 8850 Dissertation 10 credits

Career Opportunities 

Graduates with a degree in higher education administration could be qualified for the following types of positions:

  • Higher Education Student Services
  • Higher Education Student Life
  • Higher Education Academics Oversight
  • Higher Education Enrollment Director
  • Higher Education Admissions
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Higher Education Office of Registrar
  • Higher Education Recruitment Director

Job Outlook

Because higher education administrators are highly desirable in today’s job market, the job outlook includes: 

  • Average salary (according to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook) is $96.910 for postsecondary education administrators.
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Brooke Bolinger

Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education

Office: College of Education 232

(208) 282-4244