Online Doctor in Higher Education Leadership

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Great leaders make a great impact.

It’s all about leadership — rising to a position where you can affect education on a large scale and having the specialized knowledge to make it happen. The Maryville online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Leadership builds reflective leaders through a deep exploration of today’s faculty-administration dynamics and the modern student experience. Our Ed.D. program offers an expert’s perspective on social, political, and business leadership in education so you can grow professionally and make a greater impact in students’ lives.

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Program Start Date: 01-15-24

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Careers for those with an online EdD in Higher Education Leadership include:

  • Academic dean
  • Admissions director
  • Chief academic officer
  • College/university president
  • Dean of students
  • Provost



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Why choose our doctorate in educational leadership?

Earning your online EdD can put you on a path for career advancement, higher earnings, and administrator-level leadership positions.

Here’s what you can expect with our program:

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Access coursework 100% online with no campus visits required

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Attend residency on campus or virtually

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Complete your courses and dissertation simultaneously

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Receive personal mentorship from scholar-practitioner faculty

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Benefit from the added support of our cohort learning model

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Graduate in as few as 32 months

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Maryville University’s online Doctor of Education Higher Education Leadership strives to prepare its graduates for positions that require high-level decision-making. As these professionals typically have the knowledge and experience necessary to positively influence academic institutions, they often have frequent opportunities to boost their earning potential and maintain career satisfaction. and small businesses.

A typical Doctor of Education (EdD) curriculum consists of courses that can give students in-depth knowledge and skills in several critical aspects of higher education:

  • Practice-based research
  • Reflective leadership practice
  • Academic leadership strategies
  • Data analysis

Common Courses:

Educational Research Methods. Students learn how to identify educational research methodologies and methods and understand the importance of research designs and paradigms.

Reflective Leadership Practice and Inquiry. This type of course introduces students to historical and contemporary foundations of higher education, with a specific focus on ethical leadership and reflective practice.

Strategic Change and Innovation. As higher education evolves, future leaders need to be prepared to understand, manage, and implement change.

Leading in a Complex Environment. Classes of this type will inform students how policy, law, and finance intersect, and how they are all integrated to solve complex problems.

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Accreditation and rankings

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success.

Higher Learning Commission accreditation

Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Forbe's America's Top Colleges 2019 accreditation

Ranked by Forbes among “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019

Kiplinger Best College Values 2019 accreditation

Listed among the “Best College Values 2019” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Money's Best Colleges 2020 accreditation

Ranked among Money’s “Best Colleges” 2020