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Doctor of Education in Higher Education

The Ed.D. in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College Administration or Higher Education Administration is the only predominantly online program available within Texas public universities in the program area of higher education. Texas Tech makes continuing your education possible, no matter where “here” is.

Program Overview

  • 60 credit hours above Master's degree
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, master's degree and a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in either a public or private two-year or four-year higher education institution or state or federal educational agency serving higher education. Applicants must show a clear connection to higher education. Professional experience is defined as holding a mid-level administrator position (minimum level of coordinator or specialist) or higher in an institution or agency of higher education. Adjunct teaching and work as a student while seeking a degree does not constitute professional, full-time experience. Full-time faculty positions do constitute professional experience.
  • Additional information is found in the Program Handbook.

Delivery Methods

This program requires a blended delivery format. The majority of the coursework is completed online, but students are required to attend an annual on-campus intensive session during the first full week (Monday - Friday) of the Summer 1 session for each of the first three years of the program. View official academic calendars for upcoming dates.

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Application Process

The deadline for submission of student applications for priority admittance is March 1 and May 1 for all others. Applicants should begin the application process at least two weeks prior to this deadline to allow time to gather the required materials and submit them to the Graduate School and the College of Education.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a doctoral student. When selecting a major, be aware that there are multiple entries for each, and it is important that you choose the entry that indicates an online delivery method.
  2. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
    • The applicant will respond to the writing prompts below. The writing prompts should be written clearly and logically and proofread for spelling and mechanical correctness. They should be composed with a word processing software. Since these are meant to be short writing prompts, the applicant needs to be succinct. Each response to each of the prompts should be between 300 and 500 words, single spaced. Please make sure and include your name on the submitted document.
      1. Why are you applying to the doctoral program in higher education at this time?
      2. Please discuss the degree you are applying to - the education doctorate (Ed.D.) - and explain why the degree program you have chosen is the right one for your future career in higher education.
      3. What experiences have allowed you to develop the skills necessary to be successful in a doctoral program and become an effective higher education professional?
      4. What do you want the higher education faculty to know about you that is not addressed elsewhere in your application?
    • In addition to the items listed above, an interview will be required as the final step of the admissions process. Program administrators will contact individuals selected for an interview.
  3. Upon acceptance to the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan.

Admission Criteria

The following are the admission criteria to be considered for the online Ed.D. program and do not automatically guarantee admission to the doctoral program in the College of Education.

  • A master's degree in any discipline from an accredited public or private university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A minimum of three (3) years full-time professional experience in either a public or private two-year or four-year higher education institution or state or federal educational agency serving higher education, or some other organization with a clear connection to higher education. Professional experience is defined as holding a mid-level administrator position (minimum level of coordinator or specialist) or higher in an institution or agency of higher education. Adjunct teaching and work as a student while seeking a degree does not constitute professional, full-time experience. Full-time faculty positions do constitute professional experience.
  • A clear commitment to enter the administrative ranks of 2- or 4-year institutions of higher education or the university professorate in higher education administration.
  • Evidence of potential contribution to research, teaching or leadership in higher education as documented by three letters of reference from faculty or administrators in 2- or 4-year institutions of higher education.
  • Preference will be given to applicants planning to serve in the state of Texas.