Higher Education Administration

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Concentration


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Get A Higher Education Administration Concentration

Changing demographics, new technologies and rapidly evolving workforce needs are transforming where, how and what people learn. Nobody understands this more than those of you who are already working in post-secondary environments, where students face rising costs and have an increasingly diverse range of goals and needs.

UW’s Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration can not only help you navigate professionally in this shifting landscape, but it can also help you advance as a leader ready to help position your organization to better serve students now and into the future.

About Higher Education Administration

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Whether you work at a college, university, adult education center or serve in military or corporate training settings, UW’s online Ed.D. program will give you a strong background in the functional areas of higher education, preparing you for senior administrative positions as well as teaching in a higher education setting.

While the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration stresses theoretical study and research, the Ed.D. emphasizes applied theory and research with the goal of providing a stronger foundation for enhancing your professional practice and leadership skills, making it possible for you to effect visionary changes in your organization.

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Application Deadline

  • January 15 - Fall/Summer
  • September 15 - Spring

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of three years of full-time experience in higher education or a related field
  • Master's degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body in any academic discipline
  • Minimum Graduate GPA: 3.0
  • GRE scores: 151 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.0 analytical writing

International Students

  • TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 80 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • GRE: 151 in verbal, 153 quantitative; 4.0 in analytical writing

How to Apply
Please visit our program admission webpage for more details.

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Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming offers an extensive selection of fully online and hybrid programs in addition to the online Education, Ed.D. These programs are on par with our on-campus programs in every significant aspect, with equivalent learning expectations and the same accreditation. Additionally, we understand that online learners have distinct requirements, and we are committed to delivering a range of academic and student resources specifically designed to support your success during your time at UW and beyond graduation.


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What Can You Do with a Higher Education Administration Ed.D. Concentration?

The UW Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration prepares you for upper level administrative positions at colleges and university and other post-secondary environments.

Higher Education Administration Careers

UW higher education administration Ed.D. alumni can work in the following positions:

  • Vice president for academic services
  • Assistant professor
  • Professor
  • Degree coordinator
  • Residence coordinator
  • Professional academic advisor
  • Director of faculty outreach and support
  • Vice president for student affairs
  • Vice president for academic services
  • Associate dean of students
  • Director of student success
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Research and write a dissertation based on your interests and career goals. Recent dissertation titles include:

  • “The perceptions of principals regarding the formative supervision of teachers”
  • “Understanding the implicit costs of regulatory compliance at a small liberal arts college”
  • “Higher education leadership and women: Understanding the work-life balance through the voices of real moms”


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Higher Education Administration Concentration Degree Program Highlights

As an online higher education administration doctoral student, you will have the chance to earn a terminal degree while also retaining your position at your current institution. You will also develop the research and leadership skills to take your career in new directions and make a difference in students’ post-secondary experiences.

Here are some reasons to consider the UW Ed.D. higher education administration program:

Flexible Course Delivery

Maintain your current work and life commitments while earning your doctorate. Courses are offered online and through a blended format of online and audio conferencing.

Campus Orientation

Spend one day on the UW campus near the beautiful Laramie Mountains, where you will learn about the program while getting to know faculty and fellow students. The remainder of your program takes place 100 percent online.

Faculty Practitioner-Scholars

Learn from faculty who have held various administrative positions in post-secondary settings and are also active scholars. UW higher education administration faculty study areas such as community colleges, adult education, online education and social justice in higher education.




Explore graduate assistantships in other campus departments. These opportunities offer full-time, on-campus students faculty research involvement, college-level teaching experiences and stipends.




Add a graduate minor in qualitative research methods or quantitative research methods to your Ed.D. program.

Travel Grants

Pursue support to cover travel costs associated with presenting at or attending professional conferences.


Look into relevant graduate scholarships from UW, such as:

Clarence Jayne Memorial Scholarship
Kercher Family Scholarship in Education


The College of Education at UW is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

Select a degree program dedicated to excellence. The College of Education is among the approximately 100 institutions that belong to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. We apply the CPED quality framework to help prepare you to become a skilled practitioner who can meet contemporary educational challenges.





Choosing the Ed.D. program was a very positive decision. The classes are interesting and timely, the faculty are incredibly supportive, and the ability to complete a doctoral degree at a distance made getting the Ed.D. a reality while working full-time. This is a quality program with great support, in a convenient format and at a reasonable cost!

- Breann Lamborn, Ed.D. ’19