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Doctor of Education Higher Education

Ed.D. in Higher Education


We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 cohort! Students interested in applying should take the necessary steps as outlined below. 

Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020

Final Deadline: April 15, 2020

Application Requirements

All applicants must possess a master's or post-baccalaureate degree by August and complete the online SMU application. The application requires the following:

  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores taken within the last five years with the institution code 7464
  • TOEFL English language proficiency test scores for students whose native language is not English
  • Statement of professional purpose 
    • For Ed.D. in Higher Education: The response for each part below should not exceed 2 pages in length (double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins)
      • (Part one) Why are you pursuing the SMU Ed.D. at this time in your career and how will it help you achieve your goals? What personal and professional experience have prepared you for doctoral study?
      • (Part two) In reflecting on your personal and professional experiences, what do you consider to be your greatest talents and strengths and how will you use these to contribute to enriching the cohort experience? 
      • (Part three) What is a problem of practice in higher education that you might want to explore further through the SMU Ed.D.? How might you systematically investigate this problem in order to work towards a plan of action to address it?
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals who can speak to the candidate's academic and professional skills and potential. One letter should be from a direct supervisor in the candidate's organization. The supervisor will also be asked to indicate agreement for the student to miss work to attend classes (for time on Fridays and summer terms). 
  • A resume/curriculum vita.

Official transcripts must be sent directly by the institution to SMU.

Electronic transcripts should be sent directly by the institution to:

Paper transcripts should be sent directly by the institution to: 
Graduate Application Processing
PO Box 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518

Applicants may be invited to interview with faculty members.