Doctor of Education in
Higher Education Administration


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Program Overview

Take the next step to lead leaders. This program will prepare you for exemplary leadership as you learn from Christian professors alongside fellow students with a wide range of professional expertise from around the world. Your capacity to lead research-based change will accelerate as you apply your learning in your professional workplace and acquire the skills to lead with confidence.

Fall sessions are held in September, October, and November; spring sessions are held in January, February, March, and April. This 54-hour, non-cohort, program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years, including dissertation. Admission is continuous, with program entry at any point in the fall or spring.

Degree Plan for Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration will equip you to:

  • Exemplify Godly leadership practices in higher education within diverse constituencies
  • Drive higher education reform by drawing on global educational policy development, legal issues, and current research
  • Formulate policy priorities and strategies using the process of policy formation and methodologies to assess education needs
  • Establish administrative policies and educational practices based on theories of adult lifespan and student development
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the governance board and leadership team in higher education institutions, with a focus on law, research, diversity, and policy
  • Effectively complete financial management tasks associated with administration of a higher education institution that require knowledge of the associated laws, financial accounting and audit procedures, regulations, and policies
  • Select and analyze research in order to design an applied research project, drawing on knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, and reporting

Career opportunities include:

  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Higher Education Program Developer
  • Higher Education Institutional Planner
  • Curriculum Director / Instructional Coordinator
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Academic Researcher
  • Education Policy Developer
  • Consultant and Program Developer for Public, Private, and Non-Profit Institutions

Are There Scholarships Available?

Many of our students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. Click on the links below for more information:

Quest Whole Leader Graduate Scholarships

College of Education Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid

Reasons to complete my ORU degree Virtually

  • Attend classes from anywhere...in the world
  • Live. interactive lectures in real-time through high-definition video conferencing
  • Taught by ORU on-campus faculty
  • Interact and engage with fellow students and professors in and out of the virtual classroom
  • Access to ORU Virtual resources 24/7
  • Fully accredited and Spirit-empowered degree program

Experience what students around the world have gained earning a degree with ORU Virtually.


Dr. Patrick Otto, Ed.D.
Graduate Chair
College of Education

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