Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration Program Details

Ed.D. in Higher Educational Administration program overview.


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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: 

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and hold a full-time position in a college or university or related educational setting. Three years of full-time experience is recommended. Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants are strongly advised to contact one (or more) of the faculty members in the department prior to applying for the doctoral program.
  • 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
Curriculum & Instruction Educational Leadership Ed. D. Special Education
Edwards Campus Phone: 913-897-8421, Lawrence Campus Phone: 785-864-4510