Higher Education Leadership – Ed.D.

Educational and Psychological Studies

Higher Education Leadership


Versatile Leader. Savvy Decision Maker. Creative Problem-Solver.

The University of Miami Executive Ed.D. prepares students for transformational leadership roles in colleges and universities, education-related organizations and public policy arenas while saving time, a precious commodity.

Intensive Weekends
  • The Higher Education Leadership Program is for working professionals with master’s degrees and offered in a low-residency format so careers are not interrupted.
  • Course seminars and dissertation writing support are provided in face-to-face weekend meetings once a month for three years.
  • New students are part of a cohort, a support system that enhances knowledge, camaraderie and community.
  • Academic scholars and top higher education administrators who make up our faculty are well known for their expertise and personal attention to students.
  • Doctor of Education dissertation research proposals are part of coursework to ensure feedback and progress from the start.
  • A total of 60 credits beyond the master's degree are required to earn the Ed.D. Students enroll in courses year-around, and most can complete the doctorate in about 3½ years (11 consecutive semesters).
Practical Applications
  • Our practitioner-scholar program model combines theory and research with applications to practical problems in higher education.
  • The data-driven decision-making of strategic enrollment management, and strong communication skills, are central to all we do in the program. EM is a unique aspect of our program that promotes the seamless integration of administrative responsibilities to efficiently and effectively meet institutional needs and promote student success.
  • Ours is also the only EM-based program that focuses on predictive modeling.
  • Students choose areas of interest and dissertation research topics that address issues confronting contemporary higher education.
  • They emerge with the knowledge, skills, versatility, and creativity for solving problems, taking advantage of opportunities, and leading change in a range of educational settings.
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Program Director

Carol - Anne Phekoo

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies; Program Director, Higher Education Program


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