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Educational Leadership (Higher Education), Ed.D.

Your future as a higher education leader starts here
  • 60

    Credit Hours

  • 10-15

    Students admitted to the specialization cohort each year

  • 100%

    Students work full-time while pursuing their Ed.D.

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Coursework and degree requirements that can be completed while working full-time

A focus on research-based practice and a cohort model

A deep dive into the most critical issues in higher education leadership today and a dissertation involving original, independent research

Faculty members who are internationally-recognized researchers and experienced higher education professionals

Internships and other applied learning experiences and multiple certificate options that can be completed during the program

I use the knowledge I have gained on enrollment management, diversity, the history of higher education, communication, law, campus operations, facilities and finances every day to provide our students with an excellent education at the most affordable price possible.
Sara Thorndike '19 Ed.D. Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer Penn State University
Program Overview

International Internship

UNCW’s Higher Education at Maynooth program provides students with meaningful opportunities to practice administrative and leadership work, conduct assessment or research-based projects, or develop educational or social programming for student and academic service units at an international institution of higher education.

The Higher Ed program at UNCW is at Maynooth University, located in County Kildare, Ireland, about 20 km west of Dublin, Ireland.