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Higher Education Administration (Ed. D) - Online

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare graduates for positions in higher education administration, faculty and research and policy. Students benefit from a Common Leadership Core experience with students from other educational leadership programs to gain an understanding of common and divergent interests and issues between all levels of education and leadership positions across these levels.

They also benefit from a Higher Education Core designed to provide breadth across critical areas of HIED and from a specialization within HIED, which may include: Academic Affairs/Curriculum and Assessment, College Student Development, Administration, Organizations, and Policy, or an Individualized Specialization. A cognate outside the Higher Education Administration program allows for in-depth study in a field related to student interests and intended practice, and a Research Core emphasizes the importance of producing original research as well as the ability to critically evaluate and effectively apply published scholarship to problems of practice.

Career Profile

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare graduates for positions in higher education administration, faculty and research and policy.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

Personal VITA

Applicants must provide a history of their education and experience outlined chronologically in a vita. The vita should offer evidence that the applicant has appropriate professional experience that would support the goals and expectations of the program.

Goals Statement

Each applicant must provide a clear statement of professional goals. This statement should be well written, and it should clearly indicate how the applicant’s goals fit with the program. Particular consideration will be given to goal statements that clearly demonstrate that the student has researched the program and faculty and knows how program offerings and faculty expertise meet his or her specific interests and needs.

Writing Sample

All EdD applicants must provide a writing sample with their application packets. The writing sample should provide clear evidence of the applicant’s writing ability as well as his or her ability to engage in research and/or scholarships.

Three Current Letters of Reference

All Ed.D. applicants must provide three letters of reference that explicitly address the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student. References should know of the applicant’s academic performance and potential.


The HIED Ed.D. admissions committee may also request and interview to seek additional information in order to judge potential for success in the program.


The purpose of residency is to provide doctoral students with intellectual experiences and scholarly engagement with faculty and peers in the HIED program and the Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies Department. In order to achieve residency, students must engage in meaningful work with faculty within the Department beyond their coursework. This work may include collaborative research, grant writing, team teaching, or assisting in university service. Residency plans must be negotiated with and approved by the student’s advisor in consultation with the student’s program committee. The advisor and committee must receive evidence of plan completion.

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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