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Overview

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 post-secondary education. Unique to the University of Miami Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership 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 support student success.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all graduate-degree concentrations in the School of Education and Human Development is based on the recommendation of the faculty. Admissions decisions are based on faculty review of the following general requirements that apply to all Graduate Programs in the School as well as specific documents listed under each concentration.

Applicants must:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirements may be waived for applications to Spring 2021 and following, pending final approvals. However, if the GRE is required for admissions, applicants must achieve acceptable scores on the GRE taken within the past five years. International applicants whose native language is not English or applicants whose degrees are from a non-U.S. University must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) and the GRE;
  • provide official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an acceptable undergraduate grade point average. A minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required. Official transcripts from every institution attended by an applicant, whether or not the applicant completed a degree program at the institution, are required;
  • provide three letters of recommendation that address the issues and meet the criteria established by the program being applied to;
  • provide a personal statement that addresses the mission and purpose of the program being applied to;
  • resume;
  • take part in an admissions interview (required by some programs); and
  • exhibit personal and professional experiences and characteristics that are relevant to the profession and/or field and/or degree program for which the application is being submitted.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

In addition to the factors listed as general requirements for all applications to the SEHD’s graduate programs, consideration for admission to the Ed.D. program will include the following:

  • letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s academic potential;
  • available student space in the program; and
  • admissions interview.

International Applications

All international applications must provide additional information and meet additional requirements as required by the UM Graduate School and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. For an appropriate link to these requirements, please visit the Graduate School website.

Admission Decision

Once an applicant has been admitted to graduate study, that individual should meet with the faculty advisor who was appointed to serve in that capacity and whose name appears in the admissions letter. This advisor will help the student enroll in courses that are appropriate to the program; to develop and to refine a Program of Study that must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies by the end of the first academic year of enrollment.

Honor Code/Handbook of Policies and Procedures

The School of Education and Human Development follows the Graduate School’s Honor Code. All students are required to review the Graduate Student Honor Code and the School of Education and Human Development’s Handbook of Policies and Procedures for Graduate Students and submit the signed Acknowledgement of Receipt located on page 3 by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

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 Administration of Higher Ed 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
Research9
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
Electives12
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: The Law and Higher Education
Internship in College Teaching
Practicum: Administration of Higher Education
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills
Workshop in Education: Selected Topics
Workshop in Education: Selected Topics in Higher Education
Dissertation Proposal Seminar (Required)3
Dissertation Seminar
Dissertation12
Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Doctor of Education Dissertation
Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours60

 Sample Plan of Study

This is a sample Plan of Study. Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings. Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EPS 714 Qualitative Methods I 3
EPS 744 Student Diversity in American Higher Education 3
EPS 748 Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EPS 700 Quantitative Methods I 3
EPS 742 Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present 3
EPS 746 College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
EPS 737 Organization and Administration of Higher Education I 3
EPS 749 Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall
EPS 702 Quantitative Methods II 3
EPS 745 Organization Administration of Higher Ed II: Governance, Leadership and Finance 3
EPS 7XX Workshop in Education: College Environment 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EPS 747 Critical Issues in Student Affairs: The Law and Higher Education 3
EPS 751 Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues 3
EPS 752 Dissertation Seminar 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
EPS 7XX Workshop: Seminar in HE 3
EPS 830 Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Three
Fall
EPS 835 Doctor of Education Dissertation 6
 Credit Hours6
Spring
EPS 835 Doctor of Education Dissertation 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours60

Mission

The Executive Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Leadership prepares students for senior-level administrative, academic, policymaking, and other leadership roles in both public and private spheres of higher education. To nurture effective leaders, our emphasis is on data-driven decision-making. Grounded in research, theory, applications to daily practice, and enrollment management, our intensive weekend cohort format allows working professionals with master’s degrees to retain full-time careers while earning a Doctor of Education.

Goals

Students emerge with the knowledge, skills, versatility, and creativity for solving problems, taking advantage of opportunities, and leading change in a range of educational settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will grasp the basics of social science research on issues in higher education and demonstrate skills in asking effective research questions, developing sound methodology and conducting appropriate analyses.
  • Students will effectively apply knowledge of leadership theory, research and best practices to problems of practice in higher education.
  • Students will master all doctoral dissertation components as demonstrated through communication effectiveness – written and oral deliveries – at quality academic and professional levels.