The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration is an applied doctorate with an emphasis on the application of applied knowledge through continued practice and research. The program objectives and outcomes were developed and designed utilizing the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competencies. We further used the competencies to develop the courses needed to transition professionals from intermediate to advanced competencies that best serve students seeking to work in leadership roles.
The program consists of 60 credit hours.
- 30 credit hours in content areas
- 15 credit hours in applied research courses
- 15 Credit hours in Dissertation
This program aims to teach students how to appropriately and effectively address critical issues in higher education administration through critical analysis and reflective thought, and teach them to understand, analyze, and utilize literature to influence decisions in higher education. Additionally, our students will be able to conduct and review institutional assessments in order to analyze policy and program effectiveness to make informed decisions. Students who graduate this program will be able to understand the intricacies and nuances of higher education finance and advancement. Our students will also be able to identify legal issues and changes that affect practice in higher education. Finally, students will be able to identify personal values and ethics as it influences their professional practice.
Method of Delivery
Students enroll in three courses per fall and spring term and 2 courses in the summer for a 2 year period. The courses are delivered via distance technology. Aside from a required on-campus orientation at the beginning of the first summer term prior to fall enrollment, all curricular and extracurricular experiences are managed through distance technology.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 60
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 0*
*No credits can be transferred
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
All applicants to the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration must have a Master's degree, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all graduate coursework. It requires a minimum of 3-5 years of supervisory or budgetary full-time professional experience in a higher education setting.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended, undergraduate and graduate.
- Official GRE Scores from ETS, taken within the last 5 years. Minimum preferred scores: Verbal- 151, Quantitative- 142 and Analytical Writing 3.5.
- Writing Sample: a term paper at least 5 pages but no more than 10 pages in length.
- Letter of intent articulating professional goals.
- Curriculum Vitae
- 3 Letters of Support from:
- Previous faculty member
- Direct supervisor
- A reference of the applicant's choosing
This program admits for the Fall semester only each year. Application deadlines can be found on the Deadlines page.
The program is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of college and university administration, leadership, finance management, and their overall ability to address and solve critical issues in higher education.
This program aims to teach students how to appropriately and effectively address critical issues in higher education administration through critical analysis and reflective though, and teach them to understand, analyze, and utilize literature to influence decisions in higher education. Additionally, our students will be able to conduct and review institutional assessments in order to analyze policy and program effectiveness to make informed decisions. Students who graduate this program should be able to understand the intricacies and nuances of higher education finance and advancement. Our students will also be able to identify legal issues and changes that affect practice in higher education. Finally, students will be able to identify personal values and ethics as it influences their professional practice.