The Higher Education Leadership and Management specialization can help you gain the leadership skills and management knowledge you need to lead meaningful and sustainable change across your institution. Coursework in this EdD specialization focuses on the latest research-based methods, policies, and practices of today’s changing landscape of higher education.
This specialization is designed for individuals who work in higher education and aspire to administrative, leadership, and/or management positions. Potential workplaces include community colleges, public and private campus-based universities, online universities, state education departments, government agencies, or research organizations.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 79 quarter credits*
- 1 face-to-face residency
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
To satisfy these completion requirements, you must have current and consistent direct access to students, faculty, staff, or administrators in a postsecondary/higher education environment.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:
- Effectively address diversity in higher education programs and policies to support student development.
- Exhibit leadership in program evaluation, strategic planning and budgeting, and assessment.
- Utilize current research to address critical issues in higher education.
- Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders.
- Facilitate continuous improvement within higher education settings.
- Promote positive social change through leadership.
- Apply effective technology strategies to support higher education settings.
- Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.
Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs
Walden offers both an EdD and PhD in Education with a specialization in Higher Education to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.