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 is $1,505 per credit hour. Additional fees apply. See Tuition and Fees for details. 
NSU’s Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options

Classes for the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership are offered fully online. All doctoral students are required to participate in at least one Summer Institute

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 $158,643 Average Salary Per Year
Academic Advising Director $82,440 Average Salary Per Year
Postsecondary Administrator $69,748 Average Salary Per Year

Source:, 2021

Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership Curriculum

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 )
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Elective courses can be additional courses within the student’s chosen concentration, from another concentration or additional research electives. ( / Credits: 6 )
Summer Institute*
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Applied Dissertation or Strategic Research Project (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 )
ESRP 9000
Strategic Research Project I (ESRP 9000 / Credits: 6 )
ESRP 9001
Strategic Research Project II (ESRP 9001 / Credits: 6 )
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 (6 credits)***
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )
Research Track for those completing the Strategic Research Project (6 credits)
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8913
Program Evaluation (RES 8913 / Credits: 3 )

*Students must attend one Summer Institute during their program of study. Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

**Students who complete all of their coursework and have registered for all of their dissertation benchmark courses (prospectus, proposal development, proposal, and applied dissertation) within the first three years will be required to register for ADS 8090 - Applied Dissertation Services I in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Beginning with the fourth year (37th month/10th semester) following initial enrollment, and irrespective of remaining coursework, doctoral students are required to register for ADS 8091 - Applied Dissertation Services II, up to the point of degree completion, in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Credits earned from ADS 8090 or ADS 8091 do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the Ed.D. degree.

***For students completing the Applied Dissertation, you will select either the Quantitative Research Track or the Qualitative Research Track. 

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