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.
The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare graduates for positions in higher education administration, faculty and research and policy.
- Executive, administrative (business administration, academic affairs, and student affairs) and faculty support placements.
- Higher education administrators held about 161,800 jobs in 2012, and employment in this area is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
- Faculty positions
- Policy positions
- Higher education administrators work at colleges, universities, community colleges and technical schools.
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio
Additional Application Information
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.
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.
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 RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineApril 1
Spring DeadlineDOES NOT ADMIT
Summer DeadlineDOES NOT ADMIT
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.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.