Be the Driving Force Behind Collegiate Success

With a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership, you gain skills that make your institution one that makes a lasting difference for students. Enhance your ability to increase your school’s performance. Learn to build a collaborative, decision-making culture and tackle campus challenges in the global economy. In the end, you’ll be at the top of the academic ladder.

Our graduates flourish as college professors, university registrars, academic counselors, deans and university presidents. The spirit of a Shark shapes a strong leader and an even stronger future.

Options: Graduate With or Without a Dissertation

We now offer an alternate opportunity that allows students to solve problems in a real-world setting. The Education Strategic Research Project (ESRP) is an alternative to the Applied Dissertation. Request information now to learn more about your options.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing or aspiring educators, trainers, and staff developers in public and private colleges and universities, hospitals, government, religious or military organizations and private corporations.
  • Master’s degree graduates or above seeking a doctoral degree in education and leadership knowledge/skills in higher education administration.
  • Educators considering a Ph.D. in higher education leadership who want to explore Ed.D. benefits.

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU’s Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership.

Quick Facts

Tuition for the degree program is $1,420 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program requires the completion of a minimum of 55 credits, including a dissertation.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

Earning Potential

College or University Professor $75,430 Average Salary Per Year

13% Projected Employment Growth

Academic Advising Director $66,107 Average Salary Per Year
Postsecondary Administrator $90,760 Average Salary Per Year

9% Projected Employment Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics;;

Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership

Concentration Area Courses (24 credits)
EDD 8200*
Leadership, Communication, and Technology (EDD 8200* / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8300
The Faces of 21st Century Higher Education Institutions (HEL 8300 / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8310
Student Affairs in Higher Education (HEL 8310 / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8320
Planning, Budgeting, and Financing of Institutional Resources (HEL 8320 / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8330
Governance, Ethics, and the Law of Higher Education (HEL 8330 / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8340
Leading the Academic Mission of Today’s Colleges & Universities (HEL 8340 / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8350
Politics and External Relations of Higher Education (HEL 8350 / Credits: 3 )
HEL 8360
Comparative Higher Education (HEL 8360 / Credits: 3 )
Applied Dissertation Benchmarks (12 credits)
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
Electives/Minor (6 credit minimum)
Students will fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses. ( / Credits: 6 )
Summer Institute**
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Continuing Dissertation Services***
ADS 8091
Applied Dissertation Services (ADS 8091 )
Required Courses
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 9300
Methods of Inquiry (RES 9300 / Credits: 3 )
Quantitative Research Track
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )

*Denotes required course that will be offered blended and online.

**Students must attend one Summer Institute during the 36 months of study. 

***Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

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