Ed.D. in Higher Education
The Ed.D. in Higher Education prepares graduates for careers as leaders and researchers by providing them with a broad and systematic understanding of higher education, a definitive knowledge of selected aspects of educational theory and practice, and an ability to apply research in an informed and critical manner to educational practice and problems. The Ed.D. is offered part-time only.
Ed.D. students in higher education complete a program of study consisting of at least 54 hours of coursework (excluding capstone credits), including a required higher education core (12 credits), a minor in research methods (18 credits), a content minor organized around a theme or set of questions of the student’s choice (12 credits), and elective courses in higher education (12 credits). Students choose their content minor with the advice and consent of their advisors. Courses for the content minor may be taken outside of the program and the Curry School.
Students entering the doctoral program with a master’s degree may apply up to 24 hours of credit to their doctoral program, provided that the program coordinator judges that the courses are sufficiently comparable to substitute for courses offered in the doctoral program.
While Ed.D. students study on a part-time basis, high-level professional training and intellectual development require a concentrated experience that is possible only through sustained involvement in the academic and other activities of the program and University. Participation in program area research and service projects, informal work with individual faculty members, and sustained interaction with other students all add substantially to the coursework. In short, to round out an advanced degree program, a student is expected to participate in and contribute to a rich academic community.
Decisions will be available approximately 6 weeks after the deadline.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.
2-3 full years for coursework, plus capstone research
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.