Doctor of Education Higher Education

  • Complete in 26-38 months
  • 100% Online

Next Start Date: August 2024

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Meet the needs of diverse students and address ongoing systemic issues with the online Ed.D. Higher Education program from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Delivered in an interactive online learning platform, the Ed.D. program is designed to create professionals who are effective leaders of higher education. As a doctoral student, you will gain the skills necessary for diverse administrative leadership careers in college and university settings as you explore the utilization of data analytics to solve problems within higher education. In addition, the Ed.D. in Higher Education online program will also help you build a strong understanding of sustainable global practices and learn to apply them to support your local community, institution and the needs of your students.

The Ed.D. Higher Education online program can be completed entirely online in 26-38 months. Requirements include a dissertation and the completion of 45 credits through a variety of courses that cover essential higher education topics, including academic innovation, effective retention methods, data analysis, field internships and more. Courses are taught in 8-week sessions by educators with recognized expertise in inclusive higher education, data analytics, and program assessment, as well as years of field experience. There will also be opportunities for summer residencies, which include symposia, workshops and interdisciplinary projects.

Created with working individuals in mind, the Ed.D. Higher Education online program is delivered through Fairleigh Dickinson University’s online classroom with flexible schedule options to help you balance the next step in your education with your full-time professional and personal responsibilities. Study online when it’s convenient and wherever your busy schedule takes you.

Not eligible for this program yet? Accelerate your path to the Doctorate:

If you complete the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program, you will receive Advanced Standing into the Ed.D in Higher Education program. Six (6) credits will automatically be applied towards the 45-credit hour Doctorate upon admission. If you take an Ed.D. course within the Master of Higher Education Administration program, it will count for both programs, and you can transfer an additional 3 credits for a total of 9 transfer credits into the Ed.D. in Higher Education program.

Click here to read more about the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and the accelerated path to the Ed.D. in Higher Education.

Courses and Requirements

The Ed.D. Higher Education online program combines data analytics with social justice to prepare students for diverse roles in college and university settings. While navigating a curriculum founded on innovative academic solutions, students will become proficient in effective and current administrative practices, database management, statistical analysis and more.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and have completed a master’s program from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. A complete application includes:

  • Graduate application form
  • A written statement discussing each of the following:
    • Experience in higher education or related field and career goals after earning the Ed. D. degree
    • The doctoral dissertation research topic or research question the student plans to pursue, including a problem of practice*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A resume that states the student’s educational background, work experience and professional goals
  • Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • An interview with the Program Director
  • Previous work experience in higher education is preferred

*A problem of practice is a persistent, contextualized, and specific issue embedded in the work of a professional practitioner, the addressing of which has the potential to result in improved understanding, experience, and outcomes (CPED, 2023).

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Program Faculty and Staff

Joel B. Adams, Ed.D., Program Coordinator
(201) 692-2079

Joshua Bornstein, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Interim Director of Higher Education Program
(201) 357-0381

Dr. Amy Cardace, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Frederick Engram, Jr., Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Catherine Manly, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Ashley Robinson, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Why FDU?

Personalized Learning

Through its small intimate classes and superb faculty, FDU offers students a hands-on approach to learning that caters to individual needs.

A Global Community

Our multi-disciplinary programs reach and connect students across the world.

Academic Excellence

Through our commitment to providing rigorous programs, students at FDU are poised to become the next generation of leaders.

Benefits of Learning Online

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