Pursue a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership for Higher Education
Position yourself to help lead postsecondary institutions into the future effectively and ethically by turning challenges into opportunities using research-driven strategies. Earn your EdD in higher education online at Grand Canyon University and take the opportunity to cultivate an intelligent leadership style. The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership is designed for active and aspiring leaders in teaching and postsecondary administration.
The College of Doctoral Studies has designed a rigorous curriculum that blends governance, fiscal management and strategic planning with cultural sensitivity and corporate social responsibility. As a student, you are taught to evaluate and address complex challenges from a leadership standpoint. By exploring leadership styles and ethical practices in higher education, you have the opportunity to gain high-level decision-making capabilities that are required for modern postsecondary education institutions.
What Is a Qualitative EdD for Higher Education?
This qualitative program is designed to allow you to directly contribute to the wealth of knowledge in the field of educational leadership. Through both classwork and the completion of an original research study, you can generate new insights into organizational leadership within the education field.
A qualitative program involves analyzing important patterns and identifying key trends that can have an impact on your greater industry. It contrasts from GCU’s quantitative EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, which involves performing a statistical, data-driven research study.
Develop Skills in Higher Education Leadership
The landscape of higher education is dynamic and continually evolving which requires careful decision-making through the lens of ethical practices and standards. The curriculum focuses on ethical dilemmas and stewardship, allowing you the opportunity to emerge with a renewed sense of purpose for becoming an agent of positive change in your field.
Join online or evening classes and engage in discussions with faculty members and peers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and apply research-driven strategies for the future. The doctorate in higher education requires a minimum of 60 credits for completion.
The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership for Higher Education program begins with an exploration of scholarly research and academic writing. From the first course, you can begin the dissertation process. After covering literature reviews and research questions, you will move on to explore the development and evolution of leadership theories. Other core topic areas include the following:
- The history and politics of higher education, with an examination of the political landscape and relevant ethical issues
- The internal and external governance and structures in higher education
- The creation and maintenance of a diverse learning infrastructure through faculty professional development, alumni relations and the building of a scholarly community
- The establishment of a shared mission, vision and goals among stakeholders for the purpose of long-range strategic planning
As a doctoral student, you can participate in two five-day residencies on or near campus. These are conducted to offer you networking opportunities, peer feedback and mentorship from faculty members.
GCU alumni enrolling in a doctoral program for the first time may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.§
Career Possibilities With an EdD in Organizational Leadership With an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership
Doctoral programs in higher education leadership can prepare graduates to bring their vision for their schools into reality. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, undergraduate enrollment is on an upward trend. Between 2021 and 2031, total undergraduate enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S. is projected to increase by 9% (from 15.4 million to 16.8 millions students).1
School enrollment should be a priority for all districts, and it requires strategic thinkers and planners among school leadership to grow and sustain enrollment.2 Some career options that may be related to this degree include the following:
- Academic dean
- Chief academic officer
- Financial director
- Postsecondary administrator
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.
1 National Center for Education Statistics. (2023, May). Undergraduate Enrollment. Condition of Education. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved on Nov. 8, 2023.
2 Reynolds, Q. (2023, July 17). 3 Essential Tips for Increasing Student Enrollment in Your District. Education Elements. Retrieved on Nov. 8, 2023.
§ MOU-Alumni 2000 Doctoral-Dec2023: The Alumni Scholarship for Doctoral Programs is only valid for those applicants who submit a complete application and begin a Doctoral program in December 2023. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other GCU scholarship or awards and only applies to online and evening programs. Please speak to a university counselor for complete details.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.