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Higher Education Focus Area

Students focusing in higher education will be equipped with the innovative problem-solving skills required to improve various collegiate systems and policies in diverse areas such as student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, and more. You will study leadership, law, finance, history, and governance to pursue careers as a chair, dean, provost, or university president. Potential transformative leadership projects may include academic support for student athletes, residential life programming, and advising at-risk students.

Sample Course Sequence

Graduate Year 1
FallCredits
EDD 752 Quantitative Research3
EDD 750 Advanced Program Analysis3
EDD 801 Research Design1-3
Semester Credits7-9
SpringCredits
EDD 760 Dynamic Leadership in Higher Ed3
EDD 756 Qualitative Research3
Semester Credits6
Graduate Year 2
SummerCredits
Summer Session B
EDD 720 Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDD 702 Adult Dev & Transformative Learning3
Summer Session E
EDD 802 Writing for Professional Publication1-3
EDD 766 Higher Education in the US3
Semester Credits10-12
FallCredits
EDD 764 Higher Education Law and Policy3
EDD 754 Leadership and Assessment3
EDD 803 Design-Based Research1.5-3
Semester Credits7.5-9
SpringCredits
EDD 768 Higher Education Finance3
EDD 722 Leading Digital Learning & Innovation3
Semester Credits6
Graduate Year 3
SummerCredits
Summer Session E
EDD 706 Learning Through Experience3
EDD 762 Governance in Community College3
EDD 714 Leadership and Change3
Semester Credits9
Semester of Doctoral DefenseCredits
EDD 804 Analyzing and Interpreting Data (taken as an independent study)1-3
Total Credits46.5-54
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