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Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education program is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the organizational structure, practices, and regulations of colleges and universities. Read more about this flexible Northcentral University doctoral degree program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals who might be interested in enrolling in this program may be college instructors, directors, or other educational professionals seeking to strengthen their understanding of postsecondary administrative practices. Previous courses in management, consumer behavior, marketing, finance, or technology management could prove helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to study foundational and contemporary approaches to managing postsecondary institutions. The program is designed to teach learners how to run a collegiate organization as a business while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and organizational mores. Participants also have a chance to examine common higher education budgetary practices and systems. Other topics designed to be covered include finance and legal issues in higher education,

strategic planning, enrollment leadership, and community college program development.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

This program can be completed in 54 credits; however, students needing more time to complete dissertation research can take up to an additional 12 credits. Students have up to seven years to complete this program.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8200: Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • EDR 8201: Statistics I
  • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

Higher Education Leadership Requirements (18 credits)

Students select five courses from the following list:

  • LHE 7004: Organization and Governance of Higher Education
  • LHE 7005: Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • LHE 7006: Student Affairs Leadership
  • LHE 7007: Strategic Enrollment Leadership
  • LHE 7008: Higher Education Finance
  • LHE 7010: Current Trends and Topics in Higher Education
  • LHE 7011: Foundations of Higher Education Leadership
  • LHE 7012: Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education
  • LHE 7013: Community College Curriculum and Program Development
  • LHE 7014: Introduction to the Community College

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After earning a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education degree, graduates could be able to find work with 2- or 4-year public or private colleges, universities, or online schools. Opportunities could also be sought with community organizations or government education departments. Professionals in this field might undertake tasks in personnel management, strategizing, budgeting, policy development, or community relations.

With this Northcentral University degree, graduates could be able to apply for positions as:

  • Academic affairs officials
  • Admissions directors
  • Educational leadership professors

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