Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs Cultivate Healthy and Supportive Student Life


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Helping students succeed in college is an important job. As a student affairs administrator, you can help students gain skills and develop habits that will help them as they navigate the obstacles they face in their education. Furthermore, these skills can help them be successful throughout their lives. Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs can help you pursue top-level roles in college or university administration.

Throughout this program, you can learn skills such as effective leadership, policy development, program development, and best practices in supporting student achievement. This doctoral degree provides advanced training in current issues and trends as well as legal issues in student affairs. You will also take applied research courses that can prepare you to contribute to the general pool of knowledge in student affairs as you complete a capstone project that focuses on solving a problem of practice in the field of higher education.

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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

We’ve designed our Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration to help meet your needs as both a student and student affairs administrator in higher education. With this program, you can pursue a terminal education credential while preparing to solve real-world problems in student development. And, unlike most Ph.D. programs, our online Ed.D. requires a capstone instead of a dissertation. This capstone project can help you address practical education issues and make a valuable contribution to this field’s vast body of knowledge.

Our doctorate in higher education administration is available 100% online, which means you can earn your degree from the comfort of home. Liberty is committed to your success and to helping you balance your professional and personal life. By studying under our experienced faculty, you can hone your leadership skills and learn how to help college students thrive.

This program provides core training in a variety of higher education topics. You’ll analyze the sociological, cultural, and psychological characteristics of college students so you can help maximize their academic growth and success. By learning about various factors that influence higher education finance and accreditation, you can help ensure the success of your institution.

Our student affairs doctoral program also covers a variety of subjects that focus on your success as a student affairs administrator. You will study current issues and trends in the field of student affairs administration. In addition, you can learn advanced leadership techniques and administrative skills. Legal issues and policies will also be part of your education in the area of student development.

As part of your student development doctorate, you will complete several research methods courses culminating in a capstone project. This final project can provide you with an opportunity to focus on a problem in the field of higher education and then solve it. You can add to the general body of knowledge and help to develop practical solutions that create a positive impact on higher education.

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EdS and EdD Full Time $595/Credit
EdS and EdD Part Time $650/Credit
Military EdS and EdD $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for EdS and EdD courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)