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 Foundations
EPS 737Organization and Administration of Higher Education I3
EPS 742Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present3
EPS 744Student Diversity in American Higher Education3
EPS 745Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance3
EPS 746College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice3
EPS 748Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice3
EPS 754Practicum: Administration of Higher Education6
Select 9 credit hours of the following:9
Program Evaluation
Quantitative Methods I
Introduction to Research Methods
EPS 702
Applied Multivariate Statistics
EPS 704
EPS 705
An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data
Qualitative Methods I
Qualitative Methods II: Case Studies and Grounded Theory
EPS 676Counseling Process and Practice3
EPS 704EPS 7043
EPS 741Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing3
EPS 743Psychological Bases of Education3
Dissertation Seminar
Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Doctor of Education Dissertation
Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours57