Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

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Versatile Leader. Savvy Decision Maker. Creative Problem-Solver.

The University of Miami Executive Ed.D. prepares students for transformational leadership roles in colleges and universities, education-related organizations and public policy arenas while saving time, a precious commodity.

Intensive Weekends

  • The Higher Education Leadership Program is for working professionals with master’s degrees and offered in a low-residency format so careers are not interrupted.
  • Course seminars and dissertation writing support are provided in face-to-face weekend meetings once a month for three years.
  • New students are part of a cohort, a support system that enhances knowledge, camaraderie and community.
  • Academic scholars and top higher education administrators who make up our faculty are well known for their expertise and personal attention to students.
  • Doctor of Education dissertation research proposals are part of coursework to ensure feedback and progress from the start.
  • A total of 60 credits beyond the master's degree are required to earn the Ed.D. Students enroll in courses year-around, and most can complete the doctorate in about 3½ years (11 consecutive semesters).

Practical Applications

  • Our practitioner-scholar program model combines theory and research with applications to practical problems in higher education.
  • The data-driven decision-making of strategic enrollment management (EM) and strong communication skills are central to all we do in the program. The EM philosophy informs our emphasis on data-driven decision making, collaboration, and a holistic perspective on higher education practice. The University of Miami was a pioneer in enrollment management and started the nation’s first EM-centered master’s program two decades ago.
  • Students choose areas of interest and dissertation research topics that address issues confronting contemporary higher education.
  • They emerge with the knowledge, skills, versatility, and creativity for solving problems, taking advantage of opportunities, and leading change in a range of educational settings.