Leadership in Higher Education, EdD

Leadership in Higher Education Specialization

NCU’s Doctor of Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education prepares you to lead in a variety of higher education institutions. You will examine leadership across different functions, such as student services, strategic planning, and academic program and curriculum development, as well as different types of institutions, such as public, private, for profit, and nonprofit. You will also explore the leader’s role in other institutional operations related to legal and financial considerations.

This specialization explores how higher education is organized, how it is financed, associated legal issues, and the history of higher education. You will gain knowledge of educational leadership research, theory, and practices applicable to higher education. In our unique one-on- one mentoring approach, your doctoral professors will have you conduct action or applied research to identify future directions of national and global higher education leadership. With an EdD with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education, you will have the knowledge and skills to lead in the field of higher education.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
48 16 36 months
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One-to-One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one-to-one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes
  • Recommend policies advancing equity and social justice in educational organizations
  • Select ethical and regulatory compliant actions supporting the mission and vision of organizations
  • Develop leadership skills through the integration of theoretical constructs with professional practice
  • Create strategic and tactical plans to improve organizations
  • Construct theory-informed decisions for addressing complex problems of practice