Texas Tech University

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Online

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration offers two areas of emphasis: Community College Administration and Higher Education College/University Administration. The Ed.D. program 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. The program is structured in a cohort model and is only offered to begin in Fall semesters.

This program requires a blended delivery format. All coursework is completed online, but students are required to attend an on-campus new student orientation session and three (3) summer professional development sessions.

Qualified applicants should have 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.

How does this degree advance my career?
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare instructional and administrative "scholarly practitioners" for positions in two- and four-year colleges and universities, government agencies, and business and industry. The primary role is to prepare leaders for the higher education enterprise.

How is the program delivered?
All courses for the Ed.D. are delivered as online courses. Students are required to attend an on-campus orientation and on-campus summer sessions. (More information below)

New Student Orientation
All new doctoral students admitted into the Ed.D. program are required to attend New Student Orientation, held in Lubbock, TX in August. The date is normally the Thursday and Friday prior to the faculty's return to campus for the fall semester. More information regarding the orientation can be found in the program handbook.

Summer Professional Development Sessions
As a condition of admittance into the program, all students admitted into the Ed.D. program are required to attend one-week onsite sessions in Lubbock, TX, for each of the three (3) years of the program. This means that all students are required to attend a total of three (3) consecutive Summer Professional Development sessions prior to graduation. Currently, these sessions are held the first full week (first Monday through Friday) of the summer I session (see TTU Academic Calendar). More information regarding the sessions can be found in the program handbook.

Course of Study / Course Sequence
The Ed.D., including the dissertation, requires a minimum of 60 hours beyond the master's degree. The program is conducted in a cohort model and is designed as a three (3) year doctorate. Students will be required to take two years of prescribed coursework and the third year focuses on the completion of the problem-in-practice dissertation. All students in the Ed.D. are registered for their courses per the course sequence. (See Course Sequence)

Trademark Outcomes
The trademark outcome for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration is it is a competency-based program for those who wish to lead change and reform in higher education settings. It is designed to develop scholarly practitioners who understand the importance of equity and social justice. Graduates of the program are equipped to apply theories and practical research as tools to name, frame, and solve problems of practice, using empirical evidence to evaluate impact and develop innovative solutions for colleges and universities.

The development and achievement of these distinctive skills will be assessed throughout the program using the Ed.D. Higher Education Administration Evaluation Rubric. (See Handbook)

Transfer Policy
Transfer credit from another university will be evaluated and awarded in accord with the guidelines established by the Graduate School. In no case can transfer credit reduce the minimum residency requirement. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program may accept up to 30 credits from a master's program (any discipline) or other graduate-level work, from an accredited public or private university. Only courses with the letter grade of A or B can be transferred in.

Tuition and Fees
Information on Tuition and Fees can be found by visiting the Student Business Services webpage.