May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education Administration EdD


The Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration is a 54-hour fully online program designed to meet the needs of working professionals. This program emphasizes the acquisition of skills and knowledge needed to perform effectively in various administrative and leadership positions in higher education. As such, rather than a dissertation, the EdD program offers students a unique opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge through the completion of an action-oriented research capstone project. The project requires students to identify, investigate, and propose creative solutions for a real-world problem in higher education.

Applicants are required to have earned a Master’s degree in any field to be eligible for admission. However, it is highly recommended that applicants have at least three years of professional experience in higher education administration.  

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures , applicants must submit the following documents:

1. Please attach a statement that addresses the following components:

  • Philosophy – What is your philosophy of higher education practice?

  • Areas of Interest – What problem(s) of practice are you interested in studying through your Capstone project? Note: This will not commit you to this topic(s), but it will give us an opportunity to evaluate your level of interest and understanding of particular issues in higher education. 

  • Professional Goals – What positions interest you? Broadly, what are you hoping to achieve in your career?

  • Fit with EdD – How will earning an EdD in Higher Education Administration contribute to your professional goals? How does the USM EdD program, in particular, fit your needs, interests, and goals?
    Please address the all of the above prompts in 2-3 pages using APA format.

2. CV/Résumé

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

This program admits new students each fall term. The application priority deadline is April 15. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

See General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information .