Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program

Go to for how to apply and when, as well as the on-line application for graduate admission.  Also required as part of the application to the Higher Education program is the supplemental admissions package.  Contact the program office (617.287.7601 or for any questions you have regarding the application materials as well as the admissions process.  The application deadline is February 1.

Requirements for admission to the EdD in Education/Higher Education Administration Track include the submission of an admissions portfolio consisting of:

  • an essay (approximately 2000 words)  In an essay write a reflective higher education practitioner, structuring your essay by addressing the following areas:

1. Reflect on your practice in higher education and how that practice relates to larger higher education issues.

2. Reflect on your capabilities for leadership in higher education.

3. Reflect on your preparation for doctoral level work.

4. Reflect on what you will contribute to Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program and what you will gain from it.

  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation, including one from a supervisor at the current place of employment, describing and giving evidence of the applicant’s potential as an initiator and implementer of education reform; the letters should assess the applicant’s level of motivation for and commitment to a leadership role in higher education
  • a completed Employer Agreement Form, which shows year-by-year how the applicant and his or her employer will arrange the applicant’s work life to permit the applicant to meet the program’s requirements, including both the specified periods during each of the three summers and a full weekday on campus each week during the semesters leading up to the dissertation seminars
  • official transcripts of all previous academic work, graduate and undergraduate, demonstrating particularly that the applicant has earned a master’s degree or equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing
  • test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); submission of these scores is optional
  • Applicants are expected to have a master’s degree or the equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.

All application materials should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions, please do not send the materials to the Leadership in Education office.  Materials must be sent directly to admissions in order to be processed. 

The admissions committee will interview all finalists before making its recommendations for acceptance into the program.