Doctor of Leadership in Higher Education

While our applicants may enter the Doctorate in Leadership program with well-developed character, doctoral studies will promote further character development that supports effective, ethical leadership. HSU’s inherent Christian foundation and values provide the perfect base for fostering exemplary character essential for leadership.

This 57-hour fully-online program is designed to be completed in four years. The cross-disciplinary nature of the program accepts students from any fully accredited master’s degree. Students complete six hours of coursework each fall, spring, and summer, allowing for continuation of employment. Students will read the great books of leadership to support a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. Complete the “request information” form on this page to receive more information about the program.

Why HSU?

  • 57 hours, fully online
  • 3-4 year program
  • $495 per credit hour – affordable, high-quality education
  • Advance your career options
  • Dissertation integrated in coursework
  • Higher Education concentration

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Scott E Hamm Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Online Education

Dr. Scott Hamm

Director of Doctorate in Leadership, Director of Online Programs, Assistant Professor of Education

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Degrees

  • Doctor of Leadership in Higher Education (Ed.D.)

Highlights of the Doctorate in Leadership at HSU

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Fully Online

Our courses are fully online, highly interactive, and uniquely faith based. Our students can continue full employment while earning their doctorate.

Real-world Applications

Alongside HSU faculty members, leaders in various professional organizations and entities will co-teach courses, providing clear connections between academic study and real-world applications.

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Summer Residencies

Students complete three brief summer residencies in Austin, Washington D.C., and Austria/Germany.

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Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Doctor of Leadership in Higher Education can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

The Doctorate of Leadership program contains three distinct practices that support effective pedagogy and doctoral study, enmeshing the on-campus environment with various delivery methods:

  • Emphasizes the Value of Bridging the Academy to the Community.
    • Alongside HSU faculty members, leaders in various professional organizations and entities will provide clear connections between academic study and real-world applications.
  • Fully Online
    • Allows continued employment and flexibility
  • Includes Three Brief Summer Residencies
    • Students study leadership in authentic settings in Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Austria/Germany for approximately one week each summer.

Applicants must submit the following documents online (unless otherwise noted) to support admission requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at completion of a master’s program
  • Request official transcripts from each institution you attended, even if you did not graduate. Mail to Office of Enrollment Services, Attn: Joel Templeton.
  • A competitive score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) taken during the last ten years. Upon approval, scores from the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), or other comparable nationally recognized aptitude tests may be substituted.
  • Request official copies of GRE scores (HSU GRE Code: 6268) be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Services, Attn: Joel Templeton.
  • Additional scores required for students whose native language is other than English: score of 250 on the computer version of TOEFL, score of 5 on the TWE, score of 50 on the TSE.
  • Request official test scores be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Services, Attn: Joel Templeton.
  • Recommendations forms from three persons qualified to assess your abilities and potential for the program.
  • Resume or curriculum vita documenting educational background, professional experience, employment history, certifications, professional development, honors/achievements, and community service.
  • A 500-600-word personal statement written by the applicant addressing his/her personal and professional goals for graduate study and leadership. Your response should give careful attention to academic style and content and should be written in Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf format.
  • An introduction of the applicant to the admission committee.
  • A discussion of the applicant’s motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree in leadership.
  • A self-analysis of the applicant’s potential for doctoral level critical thinking and research.
  • Evidence of leadership achievement and potential.
  • Signed Ethics Statement
  • Letter of Employer Support form, completed and signed by the current employer.
  • Signed Background Check Release Form (for ALL applicants).
  • Signed General Global Consent Form (for International Applicants Only).
  • $50 application fee for international students through your application portal

All materials must be received in the HSU Graduate Admissions Office by April 11, 5:00 p.m.  Qualified applicants will not be considered for admission until their file is complete.

Following a review of the application, applicants may be contacted to schedule a personal interview.

Doctorate in Leadership Admission Links:

Depending on the concentration, graduates seek employment in student services in higher education settings, K-12 superintendent leadership positions, professors in leadership, higher education, and university administration.

Course Descriptions

EDHE 7320 Pedagogy and Program Design in Higher Education
This course links the essential theories of pedagogy to effective instructional practices and program design based on standards. Students will apply current concepts of teaching, learner characteristics, learning environments, and delivery systems to the design, development, and assessment of courses, programs, or core requirements based on trends and assessment data. Students will develop the skills to be effective mentors who facilitate professional growth.

EDHE 7325 Assessment in Higher Education
This course focuses on the philosophy and practice of effective assessment and evaluation in higher education. Students will design and implement assessment methods and practices that support state, regional, and federal accountability measures and lead to ongoing improvement in personnel and instructional practices in the local university setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on using data to drive change and the decision-making process.

EDHE 7330 Business Management and Finance in Higher Education
This course focuses on the study of roles, responsibilities, systems, and procedures in higher education business matters. Students will examine the sources of revenues, types of expenditures, budgeting and accounting practices, tuition pricing, human resource management, cost containment strategies, effects of the economy, and state and federal funding of higher education institutions.

EDHE 7335 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
This course investigates the legislation and litigation, which forms the basis of education at the national, state, and local levels. Students will examine historical and current decisions rendered by federal and state courts concerning procedural and substantive due process, civil rights, special populations, parent and student rights, and contractual legalities.

EDHE 7340 Student Services in Higher Education
This course focuses on the theoretical basis and best practices of student services in higher education with particular emphasis on financial aid, retention, recruitment, student activities, support services, and residence life. Students will develop an understanding of the changing demographics and characteristics of college students in relation to academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs.

EDHE 7345/EDAD 7345 Critical Issues in Education (cross listed)
This course will investigate the duties, behaviors, and impact of the administrative leadership and organizational structure of various types of K-12, health care, and higher education institutions.  Students will consider the influence of academic, political, legal, governmental, financial, and community factors on institutional decisions and leader effectiveness.

EDUC 8310 Dissertation/Professional Project I This course begins the independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to an original research study or professional project under the guidance of a professor in the field of study. The doctoral student will synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous research courses, core leadership courses, and concentration courses to develop and defend his/her proposal for the doctoral dissertation/professional project process.

EDUC 8320 Dissertation/Professional Project II This course is a continued, independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to an original research study or professional project under the guidance of a professor in the field of study. The doctoralstudent will synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous research courses, core leadership courses, and concentration courses to design, implement, publish, and defend his/her apply dissertation/professional project.

EDUC 8225 Cont. Enrollment for Diss/Prof Projects This course allows the doctoral student to enroll in additional semesters to complete work on the dissertation/professional project as needed. The student will continue to work under the guidance of a professor in the field of study. PrerequisiteEDUC 8310 and EDUC 8320.