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Idaho State University

Higher Education Administrator Ed.D.

Do you aspire to a leadership role advancing higher education organizations? Step into a career of leading coalitions and building relationships to develop the potential of education organizations as a Higher Education Administrator. Direct strategic planning, guide change strategies, forecast pathways, and make decisions that well-position a learning organization. Guide higher education curriculum, faculty research, and student services in an exciting and growing, high-paying field. Become a Higher Education Administrator!

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

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

Career Opportunities

  • 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

ISU Catalog, Ed.D. Ed Leadership-Higher Ed Admin

Program and Admission Requirements

August 1, 2019

The Higher Education Ed.D. program is currently at enrollment capacity. 

Applications for the higher education program will be accepted and considered for Fall semester 2020. Applications are due April 1.


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.

Admissions requirements and procedures are detailed on

The ISU Graduate School website     

The Graduate School graduate catalog

Minimum Requirements for Admission:

  • 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

Required Courses (61 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.

Rick Wagoner

Dr. Rick Wagoner

Associate Professor of Higher Education

Office: College of Education 365

(208) 282-3358

wagorich@isu.edu