Ed.D. in Higher Education

Advance to Next-Level Higher Education Leadership

The need for educators who are equipped with strong decision-making, critical analysis, strategic thinking, change management and other essential leadership skills has never been greater.

A Doctor of Education degree from Saint Peter’s University offers today’s professionals and executives in colleges, universities and government sectors the opportunity to prepare for top leadership positions through a program focused solely on higher education.

Advance your career with our education degree online, which draws upon your professional work experience and equips you for leading roles in administration, academics, student life and research within higher ed.

Using leadership best practices, learn to identify the elements of your institution that are crucial for future success. Gain valuable insights into effective leadership as you assess your own strengths and weaknesses—all in a supportive learning environment alongside accomplished higher education leaders.

Unlock your potential with an education leadership degree from Saint Peter’s and become a leading influencer in the field of higher education!

Ed.D. in Higher Education at a Glance

Course Format: Online; cohort model
Program Duration: 48 credits; 3½ years
Calendar: Semester
Cost: $995 per credit; $47,760 total

Why Choose an Ed.D. in Higher Education From Saint Peter’s?

Led by faculty who are also higher ed leaders, you gain valuable insights and knowledge to become a transformative influence within the landscape of higher education leadership. A balance of theoretical understanding with practical application ensures you’re well-prepared to address the field’s complex issues.

Educational leadership courses focus on critical strategic and operational challenges impacting higher ed today—including teaching, learning, enrollment management, student life, federal and state policy, accountability, assessment and financial models.

Stretch your thinking in an online environment that encourages active participation and discussion within a diverse cohort. Saint Peter’s University is ranked #13 in ethnic diversity nationwide, with a student body composition far above the national average.

Jesuit principles integrated throughout the program mold leaders who not only excel in their roles but contribute to a better society. Embark on this transformative journey and become a leader who can positively impact the future of higher education.

Dive Deep With Experienced Leaders

At the heart of our Doctor of Education program is a team of accomplished and knowledgeable faculty members who bring extensive experience in education leadership.

Expect outstanding mentorship, guidance and insights throughout your education degree online. Their expertise helps you develop a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by leaders in higher ed.

Embrace the Freedom of Online Education

As a working professional, you’ll appreciate that the Ed.D. in higher education fits your schedule and your priorities. All our educational leadership courses are 100 percent online—an ideal solution to help you balance work, family and studies.

Accomplish Goals in a Program Committed to Your Success

Your success is our priority, which is why we offer ongoing support and advisement. Our open-door policy creates transparency, and the director and faculty welcome any concerns or questions you may have. Our faculty and staff are readily available to provide guidance and assistance throughout your academic journey.

You’ll begin your dissertation immediately, setting you on the path to impactful research, with dedicated support and academic advising tailored to meet your professional interests.

Who Should Apply for an Online Ed.D. in Higher Education?

The Doctor of Education program in higher ed is designed to prepare mid-career professionals and executives in college, university and government professions to assume high-profile leadership positions in administration, academics, student life and research areas of higher education.

Education leadership is for those who are dedicated to better educational outcomes and experiences. If you have a passion for improving organizations through teaching and learning, our Doctor of Education program may be right for you.

Career Opportunities for Ed.D. in Higher Education Graduates

A Doctor of Education is an excellent way to enhance your professional credentials and advance your career in education leadership.

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2020 through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s faster than the average for all occupations. Median pay was $96,910 in May 2021.

A Doctor of Education degree can lead to these types of careers:

  • Assistant dean for admissions and academic affairs
  • Chief student affairs officer
  • Director of strategic initiatives
  • Associate vice president, student affairs
  • Dean of students

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Begin your journey to the next level of higher education leadership at Saint Peter’s University.

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