The Higher Education Leadership program, which offers a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.), is committed to preparing high-quality graduates for senior leadership positions in colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, and other educational organizations. The 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 Track is an innovative option in the Ed.D. program explicitly 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. Ed.D. students may also choose to take courses in a traditional weekly format.

An emphasis across the traditional and Executive Ed.D. curriculum is on how theory and empirical evidence inform the administrative, organizational, and policy contexts within postsecondary education. Unique to the University of Miami’s Higher Education Leadership program curriculum 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 promote student success.

Curriculum Requirements

Higher Education Foundations24
Organization and Administration of Higher Education I (3-credit hours)
Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present (3-credit hours)
Student Diversity in American Higher Education (3 credit hours)
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance (3-credit hours)
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice (3-credit hours)
Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice (3-credit hours)
Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management (3-credit hours)
Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues (3-credit hours)
Select 9 credit hours from the following or as otherwise approved:
Program Evaluation (3-credit hours)
Quantitative Methods I (3-credit hours)
Introduction to Research Methods (3-credit hours)
EPS 702 (3-credit hours)
Applied Multivariate Statistics (3-credit hours)
EPS 704 (3-credit hours)
EPS 705 (3-credit hours)
An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data (3-credit hours)
Qualitative Methods I (3-credit hours)
Qualitative Methods II: Case Studies and Grounded Theory (3-credit hours)
Select 12 credit hours from the following or as otherwise approved:
Effective Teaching, Learning, Assessment & Curriculum in Higher Education (3-credit hours)
The Community College (3-credit hours)
Administration of Student Affairs (3-credit hours)
Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing (3-credit hours)
Psychological Bases of Education (3-credit hours)
Critical Issues in Student Affairs (3-credit hours)
Seminar in Higher Education/Enrollment Management: Contemporary Issues (3-credit hours)
Internship in College Teaching (3-credit hours)
Practicum: Administration of Higher Education (1-6 credit hours)
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills (3-credit hours)
Workshop in Education (3-credit hours)
Workshop in Education (3-credit hours)
Workshop in Education (3-credit hours)
Dissertation Proposal Seminar (Required)3
Dissertation Seminar (3-credit hours)
Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research (credit hours)
Doctor of Education Dissertation (credit hours)
Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research (credit hours)
Total Credit Hours60