If you're planning a career in senior-level college or university administration, the 60-credit post-master's Ed.D. provides in-depth study of administrative functions informed by theory, research, and practical experience, allowing students to identify their professional interests and pursue courses and related activities that meet those needs.
The Ed.D. Program requires a set of core courses that focus upon most of the major areas of expertise in which effective college and university administrators are required to be knowledgeable. These include administration, governance, law, and finance. In addition students can choose courses in a variety of areas including:
- Assessment, economics and finance of postsecondary education
- Enrollment management
- Institutional research
- Public policy
- Student development
- Teaching and learning
The doctoral dissertation for the Ed.D. can be focused on a more action-oriented aspect of research. Many full-time students in the Ed.D. program who are able to identify a dissertation topic by the end of their second year can finish their degree in a three- to four-year time period.