Higher Education: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Program Description

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The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in Higher Education is designed for current college and university administrators who desire to emphasize a practitioner focus in their doctoral studies.

The purpose of the Ed.D. with emphasis in Higher Education is to enhance higher education practitioners' critical thinking and decision-making skills through courses focused on leadership, global awareness, current events in education, policy, and practice. The degree culminates with a capstone project based on research focused through the lens of professional practice. Reflecting the value of applied learning, the capstone project consist of the doctoral student addressing a genuine problem of practice in a college or university setting.

It is possible to complete degree requirements over a three-year period. The degree requires completion of 48 semester hours of post-master’s coursework and the successful defense of a dissertation-in-practice.

The School of Education at the University of Mississippi is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), which is a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education which have committed resources to work together to advance the understanding of the contemporary doctorate in education.

Admissions Requirements

Competitive applicants will possess the following:

  • Hold a completed masters degree
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on the course work attempted and a 3.25 graduate grade point average
  • Three years full-time experience working in higher education after obtaining the master’s degree
  • Complete a Graduate School application online which includes official transcripts, and GRE scores (less than five years old with verbal, quantitative, and writing component sub-scores)
  • Upload the following supplemental materials to the Graduate School application:
    • statement of purpose
    • resume
    • contact information for three references
    • letter of support from supervisor
  • As part of the application process, applicants may be asked to participate in an interview with faculty

Priority application deadline for the Ed.D. Program is March 1. (for Fall Semester entrance). Applications received after March 1 may be considered on a space available basis.

Program Delivery

The Ed.D. is designed for the career needs of working professionals in higher education seeking a practitioner-driven program delivered within a part-time format. The program combines in-person, on-site class meetings with alternative methods of delivering course content, including Internet learning systems and audio/video conferencing.

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