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EdD in Educational Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

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The EdD in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) prepares working professionals for leadership roles in a variety of higher education contexts. The HESA EdD combines a rigorous academic experience with an intentional focus on the practical application of scholarship. The program develops scholar-practitioners who understand the importance of equity and social justice and can respond effectively to the problems and issues of contemporary practice in higher education.

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Program Features 

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Career Paths 

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Dean of Students 
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Vice President for Student Affairs 
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College or University President 
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Higher Education Consultant

Other career possibilities include: Policy Analyst or Non-profit Leader

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Program Highlights

  • Designed for full-time working professionals

  • Cohort-based model

  • 4 year program with option to accelerate to 3 years

  • 2 courses/semester year round

  • Consulting site-based Dissertation in Practice

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Degree Requirements

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Master's degree

Program start

Summer Semester 

Deadline to apply

December 1 

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Minimum Program hours


(up to 30 credit hours can transfer from the Master’s degree)

Additional Application Requirements

Special Statement of Intent

  1. Identify a significant, contemporary issue facing student affairs and higher education.
  2. Describe why this issue is important to you as a higher education professional.
  3. Consider the potential underlying causes of the issue.
  4. Discuss the ways in which the HESA program will assist you in addressing this issue.
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EdD Information Sessions

To Learn More:
Info sessions are held in September/October
Contact Lakisha Mays, Academic Program Service Specialist

Meet with Lakisha

HESA EdD Information Session Five
Location: RA 136 (in-person)
Date: November 7, 2023
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

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