SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Higher Education

Ed.D. in Higher Education

For Higher Education Leaders

Our students graduate as higher education practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve contemporary problems in their organizations and beyond. Not only are our graduates prepared for advancement within their institutions, systems and organizations, they are also poised to assume leadership roles within their professions on all levels.

Ed.D. in Higher Education

Ed.D. in Higher Education

Program Details

Ed.D. in Higher Education students are mid-career professionals from a variety of post secondary institutions and settings, which include public and private institutions, community colleges, and state, regional and national governance systems and organizations. Students are engaged with program faculty and their cohort in all course content, as well as the individual development and execution of a problem-based dissertation that benefits them as leaders in post secondary institutions and other organizations. Students graduate as higher education practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve contemporary problems in their organizations and beyond.

“We are really dedicated to helping our students understand the full spectrum of higher education.”

– Dominque Baker, Assistant Professor


Courses

 Year One (24 Credits)

Year Two (24 Credits)

Year Three (12 Credits)

  • Foundations and History of Higher Education
  • Academic Leadership in Higher Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
  • Financial Strategy and Management in Higher Education
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Leading Diverse Campuses and Systems of Postsecondary Education
  • Leading Student Affairs
  • Methods of Systematic Inquiry
  • Organizational Theory and Higher Education
  • The College Student
  • Leading Change in Higher Education
  • The Community College
  • Quantitative Inquiry
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Topics in Advanced Inquiry
  • Pre-K to 16 Comparative International Policy
 
  • Public Policy and Higher Education
  • Special Topics in Higher Education Policy and Leadership
  • Applied Dissertation (6 credits)