Doctor of Education Higher Education

Earn the degree you need to pave the future of higher education.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked among the best universities in the North region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019.


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.


  • Applying data analytics
  • Globally minded solutions to systemic issues within education
  • Strategizing partnerships between employers and educators
  • Leadership
  • Enrollment and retention
  • Educational innovation
  • Creating an inclusive culture for an institution

The Ed.D. Higher Education online program can be completed entirely online in 26 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 years of field experience. Monthly meetings with academic advisors and faculty members will take place face-to-face on campus or through online video conferences. 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.

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 with a minimum of 36 credits from an accredited college or university with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. In addition, applicants must provide:

  • Graduate application form
  • A written statement addressing an area of interest in higher education that the student wishes to pursue
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A resume that states the student’s educational background, work experience and professional goals
  • Official college transcripts
  • Previous work experience in higher education is preferred, but consideration will be given to qualified applicants

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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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