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School of Education

Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education


School of Education

Effective Leadership & Decision-Making


Become a more effective leader and gain a better understanding of decision making at the executive level. The Ed.D. curriculum consists of 59+ credit hours and prepares candidates to pursue leadership positions in four-year public and private institutions, community colleges, and technical colleges.

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Graduates are prepared to assume a variety of leadership roles:

Vice president
Department chair
Major committee leader

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education serves as the foundation for this program of study.

Attend classes remotely via videoconferencing.

Earning your EdD has never been more convenient.
We now offer our EdD in Leadership in Higher Education through video conferencing using Zoom technology. This allows students who don’t live near one of our campuses to be a part of the classroom without ever setting foot inside!

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You can Do this

You can fit graduate studies into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week or online. Classes are held year-round.

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Exceptional Experience


Faculty Have A Passion For Education


All faculty are experienced educators and administrators, either currently working or recently retired, and bring diverse perspectives on leadership to the classroom. Baker faculty care deeply about the future of education and are driven to build effective leaders in the field.

Financial Aid

Baker graduate programs are approved for federal financial loan programs. Contact Financial Aid for further information.


The Ed.D. program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission (312.263.0456,


Baker University gave me the skills, confidence, and experiences so I was ready to succeed in whatever direction my higher education career path might lead me.

BRETT BRUNER | Ed.D. 2017, Dean of Student Engagement at Arkansas Tech

The Baker staff and faculty members are top-notch. I worked with so many great instructors — too many to name. My Ed.D. graduation ceremony at Baker was such an unbelievable experience.
The bagpipes were playing. It was very surreal. It’s hard to describe how special Baker is to me.

JOHN ERNST | Ed.D., Class of 2015

Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Dissertation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses


Directed Field Experience

Program Design

  • The EdD in Leadership in Higher Education program fits the demanding schedules of adult educators.
  • Each doctoral class meets remotely via videoconferencing from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. one night a week for seven weeks.
  • The EdD in Leadership in Higher Education is delivered in our popular cohort model.
  • Course work is completed in two years.
  • The third year is devoted to completing the dissertation.
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EdD in Leadership in Higher Education FAQ

Do I need specific experience or education to qualify for this program?

How long is the program?

Do I need to take the GRE?

What is the workload outside of class?

Is a comprehensive exam required after completion of all course work?

Do students have to find their own DFE sites?

Is this program eligible for financial aid?

Am I required to have my own technology?

What are the directed field experiences?

Attend a Virtual Information Meeting

Learn the ins and outs of what it will take to earn a degree from Baker University: program curriculum and structure. financial aid options, and the enrollment process. Do you have questions? This is the place for answers.

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