Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at KU

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Program Overview

The Ed.D. in higher education administration* at KU is a degree designed for administrators in colleges and universities seeking to advance in their careers; for individuals intending to become faculty members in community colleges or other small colleges; and for individuals working in related non-profit organizations. Taught by full-time faculty who are recognized scholars with extensive administrative backgrounds, the program prepares practitioner-scholars who are able to apply the most recent scholarship and research skills to their professional practice.

Courses are delivered in online/hybrid format with in-person meetings four Saturdays per semester alternating between the Edwards and Lawrence campuses. Students who qualify for the MetroKC Tuition Rate should enroll in the Ed.D. in Higher Administration through KU Edwards Campus and complete a MetroKC Application.

Career Outcomes in Higher Education Administration

Students pursue the Ed.D. in higher education administration at KU with varying career goals in mind. Ed.D. students should expect coursework to introduce them to the most current research and thinking in the field as well as how to apply that knowledge to their work. Students learn in a cohort model in which they interact with and learn from students from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the program emphasizes research skills that will be useful in completing a dissertation of practice but also in their jobs. Graduates will be prepared for mid and higher-level administrative positions in a variety of intuitional settings such as:

  • Student Affairs,
  • Student Support Services,
  • Academic Administrations,
  • Institutional Research,
  • Leaders of higher education related agencies.

*This program is a doctor of education degree in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in higher education administration.

Thinking about higher education administration?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, and what to expect during the professional program admission process once you have become a Jayhawk.


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Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Joseph R. Pearson Hall , Rm. 421
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-3101