Doctorate in Higher Education Administration

The ever-evolving field of higher education requires exceptional leaders for administrative, academic, and research positions in two- and four-year higher education institutions, national and international associations, government agencies, and other post-secondary educational settings.

Located in Washington, DC, the Higher Education Administration Doctoral program leverages its location to foster a community of scholar-practitioners, professional and research opportunities, and a commitment to diverse educational experiences. Designed for working professionals, the research-focused executive Higher Education Administration program prepares senior leadership and executive management decision-makers for administrative, academic, and research positions in diverse educational settings, agencies, and associations alike. Unique to the Higher Education program at GW, you will have the opportunity to focus your dissertation on a problem of practice you've encountered within your higher education career. By integrating theory and research seamlessly with your practice, you will be equipped with the skills necessary for professional academic and administrative career development.

Graduates will gain valuable networking opportunities and connections for college student personnel administrators throughout Washington DC.

For more information on the program's unique features, career pathways, and curriculum, please view and download Ed.D. Higher Education.
 

Highlights

Why a GW Doctorate in Higher Education Administration?

    Location: GW’s location in Washington, DC- the epicenter of policy, practice, and research - provides students with the distinct advantage of being a neighbor to national organizations including: The Department of Education, American Council on Education, ACPA and NASPA, American Educational Research Association, and a variation of colleges/universities in size and affiliation.
    Convenient Schedule: The Program offers flexible weekend classes to accommodate busy professionals who work both locally and nationally.
Curriculum

A minimum of 53 credits, including 24 credits in core courses, 9 credits of research, and 2 credits of electives.

Core Courses

EDUC 8505Seminar: Higher Education Administration
EDUC 8510Administration and Organization of Higher Education
EDUC 8515 Comparative and International Higher Education
EDUC 8520Theories for Research on College Students
EDUC 8525College and University Curriculum
EDUC 8530Leadership in Higher Education
EDUC 8555Higher Education Policy
EDUC 8566 Higher Education Finance

Electives

2 credits selected in consultation with advisor

Research Courses

EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods

3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172 Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175 Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177 Assessment Engineering

Dissertation

EDUC 8280Critical Review of Educational Leadership Literature
EDUC 8998Pre-Dissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
EDUC 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)

Approved dissertation proposal required
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required

Faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor
(202) 994-6853
Associate Professor
(202) 994-5123
Associate Professor
(202) 994-3205
Career Outlook

Opportunities

The careers our graduates pursue are diverse and fuse leading edge research and policy with practice.

  • Sally Sagen Lorentson ('06) brings over 16 years of experience in student affairs to her position as the Associate Dean for University Life at George Mason University
  • Lindsay Mathers Addington ('04, '07) is the Director of Global Engagement at the National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Shaunna Payne Gold ('06) serves as the Assistant Provost of Diversity and Inclusion at Towson University
  • Scott Filter ('03, '05) is currently a Management and Program Analyst at the US Department of Education
  • Marianne Huger Thomson ('03, '07) serves as the Associate Vice Provost of the Student Experience and Dean of Students at Syracuse University
  • Tracae McClure (’17) held a research internship with United Negro College Fund, the nation's largest minority serving organization, while in the program. She now serves as a Survey Statistician at the US Census Bureau
  • Our graduates are transforming the conversation and quality of experience at colleges and universities nation-wide. Join our conversation.

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Program Entry: Fall
    Prerequisites:Master's Degree
    Campus:Foggy Bottom

    Application Requirements

    • Online Application
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation (academic and/or professional)
    • Transcripts (unofficial)
    • Standardized Test Scores (GRE or MAT)
    • Application Fee

    *Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

    For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

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    GSEHD alumnus Dr. Brad Beecher (Ed.D., Higher Education Administration) published an article entitled "Creating New Knowledge Networks with Salesforce.org Education Cloud" on Salesforce.org.

    GSEHD alumna Dr. Marianne Huger Thomson (Ed.D., Higher Education Administration) has been appointed Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Syracuse University. She will use a new model that aims to address student issues and provide support in a proactive, systemic and integrated way. Her operation will also see an increase in staffing in areas of student case management, conduct investigations and programming within the residence halls. Dr. Thomson joined Syracuse University in September 2018.

    GSEHD alumnus Dr. James Blalock (master's and Ed.D., Higher Education Administration) has become the first ever Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Technology at Careret Community College in Morehead City, North Carolina. In this capacity, he oversees the offices of academic support, distance learning, information technology, and institutional effectiveness.

    GSEHD alumna Dr. Tanya Millner Harlee (Ed.D., Higher Education Administration) was named interim campus CEO of Manchester Community College in Connecticut this past summer. She recently served as interim dean of academic affairs at the college and is a professor of English.