“The culture at SMU is inclusive and inviting. You knew people cared about you from the moment you got here.”
– Rachael Capua, student
M.A. Medical Anthropology - Southern Methodist University
B.A. Anthropology - University of Texas Pan American
"I sought this program to better understand how people, organizations, and other institutions affect organizational structure and internal policy development. SMU's program will provide the foundation i need to make more meaningful contributions to higher education in general, and the institution in particular. The program is further enriched by the cohort dynamic, which promises greater learning opportunities."
M.S. College Student Personnel Administration - University of Central Missouri
B.S. Speech Communication - University of Central Missouri
"I am looking forward to learning and working with my incredible cohort over the next several years. This program will prepare us to be strong practitioners in higher education. We are all leaders in our current roles but this doctoral program will provide us with the tools to be effective within our future roles in higher education. As John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
M.A. Anthropology - Southern Methodist University
B.A. Anthropology -Tulane University
"My decision to pursue an Ed.D. in Higher Education was driven by my desire to attain a greater understanding of the of the historical background and contemporary issues of higher education while facilitating research that is directly applicable to my development as an educator and a professional."
M.S. Human Relations/Business - Amberton University
B.B.A. International Business/Spanish - University of Texas at Arlington
"I am passionate about underrepresented populations and their plight to gain access and find success at the collegiate level. I knew I had to advance my education and SMU’s Ed.D. Higher Education Leadership Program aligned with my goals to gain knowledge on the latest data and research methodology to affect change and current practices. The cohort experience is invaluable as we work together in small groups, drawing on all of our experiences. While we are in session and in between sessions, the cohort support is immeasurable.
M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies -The University of Texas at San Antonio
B.A. Communication -University of Houston - Clear Lake
"The doctoral program in higher education at SMU provides the opportunity to both broaden and deepen my understanding of post-secondary education and allows me to immediately apply what I am learning in and out of the classroom in my daily work."
M.A.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs -Virginia Tech
B.A. Spanish and International Studies - Southern Methodist University
"After 13 years of full-time experience in higher education, it was time for me to assess my professional goals and seek opportunities to expand my skills. Pursuing the EdD at SMU will allow me to become more knowledgeable about the overall higher education landscape, discover transferable skills applicable to diverse career paths, and learn how to solve complex problems to improve student success and learning."
M.P.H. Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences -The University of North Texas Health Science Center
B.S. Biomedical Science -Texas A&M University
“I never intended to pursue a career in Higher Education; my path evolved organically. I am seeking an Ed.D. at SMU so I can learn more about all aspects of higher education and undergo the dissertation process. The knowledge and experience I will gain will further my career and give me the tools I need to facilitate institutional growth and improvement."
M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Southern Methodist University
B.S. Animal Science -Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
“I love the cohort model, having been exposed to it during my master’s degree course where students work together on an academic journey while building networks of knowledge amongst themselves. As a Student Affairs professional, I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of higher education while practicing it as I continue to develop students for success. I am looking forward to various future roles in higher education administration or in the classroom."
M.B.A . -The University of Phoenix
B.S. Information Systems -The University of Texas at Arlington
"What excites me the most about the program is that it is designed for those who want to drive change in higher education and beyond. My goal is to pursue an academic leadership role that will allow me to address global issues such as poverty, equity, and/or social justice. This program will help me develop the skills I need to have a greater impact on my community through partnerships, policy, and advocacy."
M.A. Rhetoric and Composition - Monmouth University
B.A. English- Writing - William Paterson University
"I believe that the connections I make at Southern Methodist will bring new opportunities for me to grow as an educator. The SMU EdD in Higher Education Administration was appealing because it is brings people together in a face to face setting and allows for real time discussions about issues in higher education."
M.B.A. Business Administration - University of Dallas, Graduate School of Management
B.S. Education - University of Henan
"The operational problems within the higher education environment are extremely vibrant and complex. These problems touch legal and legislature, policies and practices, federal funding and state grants, curriculum design and workforce development, enrollment and graduation. These operational problems call for a structured approach to use academic research philosophy and methodology to gather information, to access data, to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze and evaluate the data, and to thoroughly study situational factors before addressing a solution for a particular problem. I am fascinated with the Ed.D. program at SMU. I believe my ambition to solve operational problems will drive me to succeed in SMU Ed.D. program."