EdD in Ed Admin (Higher Ed)Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations (ELPF)
The Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Administration is committed to excellence in preparing and supporting administrative leaders in higher education, completing research that informs the field, and providing service to the practice of higher education.
The doctoral program is designed to prepare administrative leaders for positions in community colleges, two-year, and four-year colleges and universities. Students come to the program from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and types of higher education institutions, as well as individuals working in government agencies and business.
At the conclusion of the program graduates will:
- Understand the issues facing urban institutions
- Examine issues and discover ways to put solutions into practice
- Understand the role of leadership on college campuses
- Design and carry out meaningful research
- Effectively communicate both written and orally
Candidates select a minor, or area of study to compliment the urban focus of this degree. Candidates also agree to complete a minimum number of hours each semester to complete coursework in three years. Up to 40 hours from a Master's or Educational Specialist degree can apply towards the 90 hour degree requirement.
- Master's degree in Higher Education or related discipline
- Minimum of 3-5 years work experience in a college or university setting (or related environment)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): quantitative, verbal and analytical writing. Although there is no predetermined qualifying score, the GRE results will be used as one of many factors in determining student’s acceptance into the program.
This program admits a cohort of students every three years. The application process is two-tiered: students apply to UMKC and additional documents must be submitted directly to the ELPF divisional office. See Appendix 1 of the Program Handbook for additional information.
Submit complete UMKC graduate school application to the UMKC Office of Admissions with the following:
Official transcripts from all colleges attended
Official GRE scores
Submit to the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations (ELPF) Office a Ed.D. in HE application packet cover sheet with below items:
Three professional or academic recommendations (use the Ed.D. Recommendation Form)
A statement of purpose
Upon receipt of all the required application materials, applicants may be contacted for a personal interview.
An interview will be scheduled with at least two faculty members as the final step in the admission process. Interview topics will be wide-ranging, including personal goals and objectives, current issues in education, and successful college experiences. The interview is designed to acquire information concerning the applicant’s oral skills and critical thinking skills. The applicant will also have the opportunity to garner additional information about the program.