Higher Education, EdD/PhD

Welcome to the Higher Education Doctoral Program!

About the Program

The mission of the Higher Education Doctoral Program (Ed.D./Ph.D.) at UMass Boston is to develop scholar-practitioners who can, through their research and leadership practice, bring about changes in colleges and universities that advance equity and social justice. Founded in 1993, the program is one of the largest doctoral programs at UMass Boston. It is distinguished by six defining characteristics.

The Higher Education Doctoral Program focuses on issues of concern to leaders in all types of higher education institutions, including community colleges and four-year institutions, both public and private.  The curriculum covers topics such as organization and leadership, teaching and learning, college student development, diversity, public policy, institutional change, college access, equity, globalization, finance, and community engagement. Students also develop a strong foundation in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as an understanding of the social and historical foundations of higher education.

A Record of Excellence – Program Accomplishments
The Higher Education Doctoral Program has an excellent track-record of graduating doctoral students and fostering their professional advancement. Here are a few highlights, based on our latest program review

Retention and Degree Completion

Professional Advancement 

Research Accomplishments of Program Graduates

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