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Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration Program Curriculum

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration provides for an enhanced focus on application of content knowledge and research skills to administrative practice. Please refer to the Ed.D. Program Plan (word) detail sheet in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
  Core Courses  
ELPS 882 Higher Education in the U.S. 3
ELPS 884 Research on College Students 3
ELPS 980 Postsecondary Finance 3
ELPS 983 Curriculum & Innovation in Higher Education 3
ELPS 986 Governance & Administration of Higher Education 3
ELPS 885 Program Assessment & Evaluation 3
  Elective 1 3
  Elective 2 3
  Elective 3 3
  Research Course Requirements*  
ELPS 948 Research in Education Policy & Leadership 3
EPSY 870 Quantitative Methods for Research in Education Policy & Leadership 3
ELPS 871 Introduction to Qualitative Research 3
ELPS 970 Theory & Research in Administration (Dissertation Seminar) 3
  Field Experience Requirement  
ELPS 995 Doctoral Field Experience Course 3
  TOTAL COURSEWORK CREDIT HOURS 42
  Dissertation Requirements  
ELPS 999 Doctoral Dissertation**  

*If not taken as part of the student's master's degree program, EPSY 715 (or an equivalent) must be taken during the students first enrollment in doctoral study. This course, whether taken at KU or elsewhere, does not count toward any doctoral requirement. 

**After successfully completing the comprehensive exam, students must enroll in six credit hours of dissertation per semester (three credit hours during summer) until dissertation is complete  - OR - 18 credit hours are completed. After 18 credit hours of dissertation are completed, a student must enroll in one hour per semester, including summers, until the dissertation is completed. Post-comprehensive enrollment credit hours can include Dissertation Seminar (ELPS 969) or additional research courses needed to facilitate completion of the dissertation.

Additional Requirements:

  • All EdD students must complete a period of continuous study. Options for meeting this requirement are found in this document: Ed.D. Period of Continuous Study.
  • All doctoral students must complete a Responsible Conduct of Research requirement. For EdD students, this is met through the three required research courses.
  • Students must successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive exam. This is normally taken after all course requirements have been completed.

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