Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration Program Details

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Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration

Apply before May 15 to begin in the summer semester.

Admission Requirements:

KU's doctorate in higher education administration is designed for individuals with well-developed academic skills and a strong potential for future administration. Preferred applicants must have the following: 

  • A bachelor’s and a master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution
  • Current professional resume
    • Students must hold a current professional position in higher education or a related organization (such as a foundation, policy think tank or state education organization)
    • Three years of full-time administrative experience post master's degree at a higher education institution or related organization 
  • Complete graduate application from the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate credit sent from the institution to the Office of Graduate Studies (printed or official electronic transcripts are acceptable)
  • A statement of purpose that answers the questions outlined in the Higher Education EdD application instructions
  • Letters of recommendation from three people who can comment on your ability to complete a doctoral program of study; the master’s advisor is appropriate to include
  • GRE scores (optional)


Potential Plan of Study

Year One

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ELPS 948: Research in Education Policy & Leadership

ELPS 995: Field Experience I

ELPS 871: Introduction to Qualitative Research

ELPS 986: Organizations & Governance of Higher Education

EPSY 870: Quantitative Methods for Research in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

ELPS 987: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Year Two

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ELPS 998: Data Driven Leadership

ELPS 995: Field Experience II

ELPS 983: Curriculum and Innovation

ELPS 973: Research on College Students

ELPS 985: Evaluation of Programs in Higher Education

ELPS 980: The Finance of Higher Education

Year Three

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ELPS 998: Data Informed Decision Making

ELPS 995: Field Experience III

Comprehensive Exam

ELPS 969: Dissertation Seminar

ELPS 999: Dissertation Hours

ELPS 999: Dissertation Hours

Dissertation Defense

Please note: This is only a sample plan of study. Please consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.




Kim Huggett
Edwards Campus Phone: 913-897-8421, Lawrence Campus Phone: 785-864-4510