Pursuing an EdD in Higher Education

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a terminal professional degree that focuses on leadership, policy analysis, and applied research in higher education administration.

The EdD program at SMU is designed for individuals aspiring to executive leadership roles within higher education institutions or related organizations. The EdD in higher education emphasizes the practical application of research to address real-world challenges in educational settings.

If you are currently serving in a role within academic administration and aspire to advance to decision-making or executive-level leadership roles, an EdD degree can elevate your career trajectory significantly. Not only are our graduates prepared for advancement within their institutions, systems, and organizations, but they are also poised to assume leadership roles within their professions on all levels.

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Becoming a Leader in Higher Ed

EdD 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.

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Our students come from across the country, meeting on campus once per month to collaborate, learn from and support each other within their cohorts. 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.

  • 12

    Average Class Size

  • 5-15

    Average Years of Career Experience

  • 3

    Years Full Time

Applying to the Doctoral Program

Applications for 2024-2025 will open August 1, 2023
Priority Admissions Deadline for Scholarship Consideration

February 16, 2024

Final Admissions Deadline April 15, 2024

Applications for the Fall 2024 cohort open on August 1, 2023. The priority deadline to apply is February 16, 2024, and the final deadline is April 15, 2024.

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Your Guide to Pursuing your EdD in Higher Education

At the Simmons School of Education, we want you to become an active contributor and innovative leader. We want you to transform your executive thinking in order to transform the future of education. Discover your path to enacting change in higher education with our downloadable guide.

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