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. 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.

Designed to be completed over a three-year period, the Ed.D. requires 48 semester hours of post-master's coursework.

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

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 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
    • A 2.7 undergraduate grade point average, or 3.0 on the last 60 hours, may allow one to enter on a probationary basis
  • A minimum of two years full-time experience working in higher education after obtaining the masters 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
  • Participate in an interview with faculty

Application Deadline for the Ed.D. Program is March 1.

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. While the Ed.D. with an emphasis in Higher Education is based within the School of Education at the Oxford campus, in-person class meetings take place at multiple University of Mississippi affiliated locations throughout the region, depending on enrollment patterns. For example, in recent semesters, class meetings have been held once per month on Saturdays at both the Oxford campus and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson (alternating each month between Oxford and Jackson). The other 50% of instruction takes place online.

For More Information

John Holleman
Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education and Program Coordinator
Department of Leadership & Counselor Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
228 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7198
(662) 915-7230 Fax