EdD in Higher Education Leadership

As today's education landscape continues to undergo rapid change, administrative leaders must be equipped with the skills, knowledge and vision to steer institutions through current and future transformations in economics, technology, and cultural shifts.

This program empowers college and university administrators to take on heightened leadership roles in student affairs, academic leadership, institutional advancement, athletic administration, and institutional assessment.

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Program Units
Average Duration
3 years
On-campus, hybrid courses; full-time course load. Weekend format (Friday evening, Saturday during the day).
Course Availability
Fall and Spring 15-week semesters with Summer sessions
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New students begin during the Summer semester.
  • Thousand Oaks
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Program Highlights

This three-year program is designed to be highly accessible to working professionals. You'll develop expertise to understand the dynamics affecting college students, lead positive organizational change, and engage in the national and international dialogue surrounding critical higher education issues.

Course work is completed on campus four weekends per semester with 40 percent of each course utilizing an online format. Unique among Ed.D. programs, the dissertation is completed concurrently with coursework.

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EDLD 623: Student Success and Retention

This course will examine the current research and best practices relative to college student success and retention.

Particular attention will be given to the demographic trends, co-curricular institutional practices, public policies, campus environments, and educational practices that contribute to student success and persistence.

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Sara Cook

I was drawn to the hybrid structure of the EdD program, which provided class meeting times that were convenient for a working professional and provided in-person interaction. This program is for anyone who wants to complete their doctorate degree with the support and interaction of an in-person program combined with the convenience of online instruction.

Sara Cook
Associate Registrar for Academic and Student Services, UC Santa Barbara