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Educational Leadership in Higher Education Program (Ed.D.)

  • Program Overview

    Ed.D. in Higher Education Program (51 Credits)

    Leadership in higher education institutions requires creativity, flexibility, strategic thinking, an entrepreneurial stance, and a respect for student-centered institutions. Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education will help you build your expertise as a leader and make a difference in the field.

    Our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education offers:

    • A highly personalized approach: A small student cohort keeps the student/teacher ratio low and the level of support high. You will develop career-long professional relationships.
    • Apprenticeship experience: A unique apprenticeship offers the chance to experience new perspectives, build a professional network, expand career options, and add the next skill level in leadership.
    • Blended learning environment: Excellent online courses combined with in-person learning experiences provide you with high-quality, flexible learning, as well as opportunities to develop relationships and long-term partnerships.

    Doctoral Admission Requirements 

    Endicott College doctoral students
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    Doctoral applicants are required to have earned a master's degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates for the doctoral program must apply to the Van Loan School at Endicott College using the online application found at General application requirements for all doctoral programs include submission of:

    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Current resume and/or curriculum vitae;
    • Three letters of recommendations. Recommendations should address scholarly potential;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
    • Writing Sample: A short research paper, limit 5-8 pages, (double-spaced, 12 point font, APA format) responding to the following question:
      Choose a contemporary challenge in higher education and provide a research-based synthesis of this issue as well as a personal narrative regarding this challenge. The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.

    • An admission interview and/or conference is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will: 

    • Demonstrate knowledge of higher education's history and major developments with an emphasis on small and mid-size colleges and universities.
    • Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary for senior administrative and leadership roles in higher education.
    • Apply effective and thoughtful research skills to representative decisions typical of those required of higher education leaders; including academic and student life issues.
    • Demonstrate mastery of specializations within the professional and senior level administrative skills.
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage at the doctoral level in intellectual discourse within their area of interest.
    • Complete an original research dissertation in an area of study that will enhance the scholarship of the field of higher education.
    • Demonstrate collaborative attitude and behavior as a member of a cohort team.
    • Develop a disposition that embraces diverse perspectives, is open to multiple world views, and value driven leadership practices.  

    Required Curriculum

    EDL 701 - History and Administration of Small Colleges
    EDL 715 - Research Methods I: Qualitative
    EDL 720 - Transformational Leadership in Contemporary Education
    EDL 725 - Diversity, Access, and Equity in Education
    EDL 735 - Research Methods II: Quantitative
    EDL 738 - Ethical Leadership in Education
    EDL 746 - Finance, Budget, and Operations
    EDL 752A - Research Methods III: Program Evaluation/Action Research
    EDL 755A - Dissertation Study Part I
    EDL 755B - Dissertation Study Part II
    EDL 755C - Dissertation Study Part III
    EDL 760 - Student Development: History and Issues
    EDL 762 - Leading in a Technological World
    EDL 764 - Theories and Practice in Academic Leadership
    EDL 768 - Teaching, Learning & Institutional Culture in Higher Education
    EDL 771A - Administrative Apprenticeship Higher Education: Part I
    EDL 771B - Administrative Apprenticeship Higher Education: Part II

    Total Degree Requirements - 51 credits

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Endicott College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.