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Online Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration

Online Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ed.D. in higher education administration

Pursuing the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ed.D. in higher education administration online at KU is a great way to enhance your career and earning potential. This degree is taught by full-time, nationally recognized faculty to help you apply the most recent scholarship and research skills to advance your career in colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

The KU School of Education and Human Sciences — recently ranked No. 7 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Public Education Schools — sets you on a path of success through its student support, welcoming community, and professional development.

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Applications for the summer 2025 cohort will open in mid-September.

About KU’s online Ed.D. in higher education administration

What careers are possible with an online Ed.D. in higher education administration?

Specifically designed for pursuing a career in colleges and universities, the Ed.D. in higher education administration equips you with the most recent and relevant research skills and scholarship. This program prepares you for mid-level administrative positions in student affairs, student support services, and institutional research, to high-level positions, like university presidents, deans, and provosts.

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Online Ed.D. in higher education administration program snapshot

3 years
fastest degree completion option
est. annual income 10 years after graduation
No. 7
Best Public Education Schools, U.S. News & World Report

How flexible is online learning at KU?

KU’s online degree programs are designed with your busy schedule in mind and offer the flexibility to study wherever — and often whenever — is most convenient for you. Our online courses are taught by the same highly regarded faculty and expert instructors and consist of the same rigorous curriculum and instruction as our on-campus programs.

Why get an online Ed.D. in higher education administration from KU?

This program offers unmatched opportunities and flexibility. In an average of three years, depending on how long it takes to complete your dissertation, you could earn an online doctorate degree designed for working professionals who seek to advance their careers and develop specialized skills in the competitive higher education administration field. The coursework emphasizes real-world application, earning you practical experience that won’t just add to your resume, but strengthen it.

KU is a globally recognized institution and one of just 38 public universities in the AAU, a group of America’s leading research universities. An online Ed.D. in higher education administration from KU signals prestige, quality, and career readiness.


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FAQ: online Ed.D. in higher education administration

For the cohort beginning in summer 2025, Feb. 3, 2025, is the priority application deadline, and March 1, 2025, is the final deadline.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials and meet the following requirements before the application deadline:

  • Complete the Online Application 
    • On the Graduate Program Info section of the application, you must choose the following to apply to the Online Higher Education Administration (EdD).
      • "Yes" you are applying to a fully online program.
      •  Academic Intention is "Degree-Seeking." 
      • Academic Area of Interest is "Education."
      • Academic Program is "Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)."
      • Academic Subplan is "Online Higher Education Administration (EdD)." 
  • Official academic transcripts.

  • Current resume or CV.

  • Statement of personal objectives.

  • One professional writing sample.

  • Contact information for three professional references.

  • Application fee.

English proficiency and translation of transcripts required if applicable.

For additional information regarding these requirements visit the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies Studies academic details page for the Ed.D in Higher Education Administration

Students typically complete this degree in three years, including summers, depending on the time necessary to complete a dissertation.

Yes, the online doctorate is offered fully remote.

This online doctorate degree is specifically designed with working professionals in mind. Coursework will have both synchronous (Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6–8 p.m. CST) and asynchronous (available at any time) elements that can be outlined by your program advisor.

Fully-online doctoral students in the School of Education and Human Sciences who have begun coursework and who will be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term for the following academic year are eligible to apply for a School of Education and Human Sciences scholarship. Students must complete the application process to be considered for a scholarship. Please visit the School of Education and Human Sciences scholarship webpage for more information. 

In addition to department based aid, online students have access to the same financial aid and scholarships as an on-campus students. Check out what support and scholarships you qualify for.


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