The Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration curriculum prepares current and future leaders for executive level positions within postsecondary institutions. With a programmatic emphasis in research, institutional effectiveness, student services, curriculum development, finance, law, and future trends, students will develop the theoretical skills necessary to effectively address real-world problems within higher education. The curriculum consists of 51 credit hours, with 3 hours of required orientation courses, 21 credit hours of discipline-specific courses, 12 credit hours of research methods courses, 3 credit hours related to a Comprehensive Exam, and 12 credit hours devoted to the development of a dissertation. Students can complete the program within 10 semesters of full-time attendance.

*This program is pending SACSCOC approval. Approval will be forthcoming by December 31, 2018.

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Interpret results from programmatic/institutional data, financial reports, and scholarly research in order to make data-driven decisions.
  2. Apply organizational theories and models to lead effective organizations.
  3. Analyze trends and issues that influence higher education (such as student services, institutional effectiveness, public policy, student learning, and finance) to develop, manage, and evaluate quality academic programs and services in an ethical manner.
  4. Research issues in higher education and provide scholarly analysis and innovative solutions.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration may be completed in four years attending full-time. A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis. This estimate includes coursework and the writing and acceptance of the dissertation.

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Education in Higher Education Administration consists of program specific courses, 21 credit hours of discipline specific courses, 12 credit hours of research methods courses, 3 credit hours related to a Qualifying Exam, and 12 credit hours devoted to the development of a dissertation.

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration Sem. Hrs.
FD 9301 Foundations and Advanced Scholarly Writing for Doctoral Study 3
ED 9312 Foundations of Higher Education Leadership 3
ED 9315 Student Services Administration in Higher Education 3
ED 9318 Ethical and Legal Issues in Higher Education 3
ED 9321 Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education 3
ED 9324 Higher Education Finance 3
ED 9327 College Curriculum and Program Development 3
ED 9330 Current Trends and Topics in Higher Education 3
RS 9361 Advanced Research Methods 3
RS 9365 Program Evaluation 3
RS 9362 Theory and Methodology of Qualitative Research 3
RS 9363 Design and Quantitative Analysis in Research I 3
Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree 36
Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration  
RE 9300 Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration 3
Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree 3
Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration  
RE 9301  Research Dissertation in Education Module 1 3
RE 9302  Research Dissertation in Education Module 2 3
RE 9303  Research Dissertation in Education Module 3 3
RE 9304  Research Dissertation in Education Module 4 3
Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree 12
Total Hours for Doctoral Degree 51

Amridge University recognizes that students transferring from other institutions may have earned academic credit that is applicable to their Academic Plan at the University. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 12 semester hours of coursework into the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration.

Employment Setting:

  • Universities
  • Business Education
  • Post Secondary Education
  • Higher Ed Administration

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