The Higher Education Leadership (HEL) specialization is designed to prepare higher education administrators to advance their careers at universities and colleges. The program’s coursework provides practical knowledge and skills in leadership, research, and the unique challenges faced by institutions of higher education, including enrollment management, student services, academic support leadership, and housing and auxiliary services. This doctoral degree offers a cohort structure in a predominantly online format utilizing video conferencing to provide support, networking, and strong learning interactions.

Effective Fall 2017

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
EDHE 771Higher Education Leadership3
EDHE 773Student Development in a Collegiate Context3
EDRM 702Foundations of Educational Research3
EDUC 709Leadership Development3
EDUC 710Higher Education Finance3
 Total Credits15
Second Year
EDCL 701Higher Education Law3
EDRM 704Qualitative Research3
EDRM 705Qualitative Data Analysis3
EDUC 675Analyzing Education Literature3
EDUC 725Professionalism in Education and Leadership3
 Total Credits15
Third Year
EDOD 769Theory and Practice of Change3
EDRM 700Quantitative Research Methods3
EDRM 707Quantitative Data Collection Methods/Analysis3
EDUC 714Education Policy Analysis3
EDUC 715Critical Issues for Special Populations3
 Total Credits15
Fourth Year
EDCL 750Simulated Presidential Cabinet I3
EDHE 799Dissertation9
EDRM 792BSeminar: Proposal Development3
 Total Credits15
 Total Credits60
Completed Ph.D. Coursework Total 60
Completed Master's Coursework Total 30
Program Total Credits:90

A minimum of 90 credits are required to complete this program.