Higher Education EdD

About the EdD in Higher Education at Loyola

University and college administrators help shape the future of education, impacting the lives of countless students, faculty, and communities. Perhaps now more than ever, colleges and universities need effective, social justice-oriented leaders.

If you are interested in a rewarding, influential career, Loyola University Chicago's EdD in Higher Education will prepare you for executive-level leadership in higher education institutions. Through this doctoral program, you will draw upon your professional and lived experiences along with theory, research, and coursework to become an advocate for change and social justice.

With an EdD degree from Loyola's nationally esteemed School of Education, ranked in the top 3 graduate programs in Chicago, you will be empowered with the distinct and competitive skills you need to accelerate your career in higher education.

What is an EdD degree? The EdD vs. PhD in Higher Education

Since the EdD and PhD in Higher Education are both terminal degrees, students often wonder which option is best for them. An EdD is a doctorate in higher education focused on leadership and management. It is best suited for you if your goal is to advance your career in higher education to the executive level.

A PhD in Higher Education is a doctoral program focused on scholarship and research. Like EdD degrees, it can also prepare you for careers in postsecondary education administration. However, it is best suited for you if you are interested in holding instructional, academic, or research positions, such as professorships.

Program Structure

The EdD in Higher Education is a part-time program offered in 8-week sessions. Coursework can be completed in 2.5 years by taking two courses per semester, including a summer session. The dissertation adds 6-18 months.

Courses are offered in a hybrid format, delivered online with one in-person meeting per 8-week session.

Why Choose Loyola for Your EdD in Higher Education Degree?

At Loyola, you will join a program taught by world-class faculty that embraces the values of Jesuit tradition. Our EdD emphasizes individualized instruction, reflection, and service learning, distinguishing it among other higher education degree programs.

A flexible, hybrid format

Earn your EdD in Higher Education online while benefiting from in-person connections. Your courses will be delivered online, but you will meet in-person on a weekend at the beginning of each semester. This format allows you to develop rapport with professors and build relationships with your cohort while balancing your other responsibilities.

Examine how to connect theory and research to practice. Our program emphasizes development of scholar-practitioners, encouraging you to put your research and ideas into action. In your dissertation project, you will carry out research that brings together theory and practice around a critical issue in higher education.

Learn from respected faculty who bring their postsecondary education experience to the classroom. Many have active careers in higher education administration, overseeing centers for learning and various schools at Loyola. All of our faculty are widely published and have conducted extensive research, particularly on equity and inclusion.

Develop academically, spiritually, and personally, and learn how to best serve your institution as a leader. With Jesuit values at its center, our EdD program allows you to critically engage with values, ethical issues, faith, and life experiences.

Earn a higher education degree that enables you to promote equity and inclusion in your institution. Our program focuses on social justice and supports the empowerment of historically underrepresented groups.

Form close relationships with classmates through Loyola's collaborative cohort model. In this support system of diverse professionals, you will engage in evidence-based discussions, consider emerging issues in higher education, and develop a practitioner-scholar lens for leading at the executive level.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Higher Education EdD program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Higher Education EdD program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Higher Education EdD learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Higher Education EdD totals $73800.00, or 72 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

School of Education Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

Appointments and Events

Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The School of Education offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Higher Education EdD are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Priority: January 13
General: June 1

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes, and decisions are typically made by early July.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Higher Education EdD include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.3 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Work Experience

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be no more than 2 pages (double spaced) and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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