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Higher Education Administration, Ed.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Georgia is an applied doctorate with an emphasis on the application of applied knowledge through continued practice and research. 
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The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration objectives and outcomes were developed and designed utilizing the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competencies. The University of Georgia further used the competencies to develop the courses needed to transition professionals from intermediate to advanced competencies that best serve students seeking to work in leadership roles.

This program aims to teach students how to appropriately and effectively address critical issues in higher education administration through critical analysis and reflective thought, and teach them to understand, analyze, and utilize literature to influence decisions in higher education. Additionally, our students will be able to conduct and review institutional assessments in order to analyze policy and program effectiveness to make informed decisions. 

Method of Delivery

Students who graduate this program will be able to understand the intricacies and nuances of higher education finance and advancement. Our students will also be able to identify legal issues and changes that affect practice in higher education. Finally, students will be able to identify personal values and ethics as it influences their professional practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Students enroll in three courses per fall and spring term and 2 courses in the summer for a 2 year period.

  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
    • 30 credit hours in content areas
    • 15 credit hours in applied research courses
    • 15 Credit hours in Dissertation
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History of Higher Education
  • Advanced Seminar in Leadership
  • Organizational Theory
  • Critical Issues and Trends in Higher Education
  • Analysis of Higher Education Literature
  • Advanced Legal Issues and Policy Studies
  • Values and Ethics in Higher Education Leadership
  • Diversity Issues in Higher Education

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

All applicants to the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration must have a Master's degree, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all graduate coursework.

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended, undergraduate and graduate.
  • Official GRE Scores from ETS, taken within the last 5 years. Minimum preferred scores: Verbal- 151, Quantitative- 142 and Analytical Writing 3.5.
  • Writing Sample: a term paper at least 5 pages but no more than 10 pages in length.
  • Letter of intent articulating professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Support from: 
    • Previous faculty member
    • Direct supervisor
    • A reference of the applicant's choosing

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

A minimum of 3-5 years of supervisory or budgetary full-time professional experience in a higher education setting.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16821 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    33642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16821 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    20160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10080 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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