Higher Education, EdD/PhD

The Higher Education Doctoral Program (EdD/PhD) 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, and community engagement. Students also develop a strong foundation in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as the social and historical foundations of U.S. higher education. 

Students are full-time working professionals in higher education, and occupy roles in student affairs, academic affairs, enrollment management, financial aid, institutional research, human resources, and other administrative areas. Faculty members, department chairs, and academic program directors have also entered the program to develop organizational leadership skills and perspectives.

For more information, please see the current student handbook.

The program enjoys a strong relationship with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at UMass Boston. NERCHE was created to fill the need for information, analysis, and technical assistance for colleges and universities in New England.