Higher Education, EdD/PhD
Welcome to the Higher Education Doctoral Program!
About the Program
The mission of the Higher Education Doctoral Program (EdD/PhD) 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
- 87% retention and degree completion rate (the national average is 50%).
- 92% retention and degree completion rate for students of color.
- 90% retention and degree completion rate for women.
- 67% of students report they have been promoted at least once since joining the program.
- 69% report they have been promoted at least once since earning their degree.
- Students and alumni attribute these promotions to the knowledge and skills they gained in the program.
Research Accomplishments of Program Graduates
- 57% have presented their dissertation research at academic conferences.
- 55% have published at least one peer-reviewed journal article or book chapter.
If you are interested in applying to the program, click here.