The Higher Education Leadership program, which offers a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.), is committed to preparing students for senior leadership positions in colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, and other educational organizations. The Executive Ed.D. program is guided by a practitioner-scholar model that combines theoretical offerings with application to practical higher education problems. Students focus on areas of special interest and choose dissertation projects that address issues confronting the contemporary higher education workplace.

The Executive Ed.D. is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Courses are offered on weekends, and a cohort design allows students to develop meaningful relationships, support one another, and learn from the diverse experiences of fellow educators.

The curriculum emphasizes the impact of theory and empirical evidence on administrative, organizational, and policy contexts in postsecondary education. Unique to the University of Miami’s Executive Ed.D. program is its component in enrollment management, a comprehensive strategy that promotes the seamless integration of administrative responsibilities to efficiently and effectively meet institutional needs and promotes student success.

Curriculum Requirements

Higher Education Foundations24
Organization and Administration of Higher Education I
Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present
Student Diversity in American Higher Education
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice
Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice
Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management
Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues
Select 9 credit hours from the following or as otherwise approved:
Program Evaluation
Quantitative Methods I
Introduction to Research Methods
Quantitative Methods II
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Computer Applications in Educational and Behavioral Science Research
Measurement and Psychometric Theory
Categorical Data Analysis
An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data
Qualitative Methods I
Qualitative Methods II: Case Studies and Grounded Theory
Select 12 credit hours from the following or as otherwise approved:
Effective Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Curriculum in Higher Education
The Community College
Administration of Student Affairs
Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing
Psychological Bases of Education
Critical Issues in Student Affairs
Seminar in Higher Education/Enrollment Management: Contemporary Issues
Internship in College Teaching
Practicum: Administration of Higher Education
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills
Workshop in Education
Workshop in Education
Dissertation Proposal Seminar (Required)3
Dissertation Seminar
Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Doctor of Education Dissertation
Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours60