EdD in Higher Education

Responding to the needs of individuals looking to advance their careers, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) program that serves professionals from various fields through interdisciplinary and practical experiences.

In the Higher Education major, we examine measures that reflect institutional effectiveness and data-based planning and decision-making in higher education environments that demand accountability and transparency. The integration of leadership and management skills within a philosophical framework of higher education is based upon a student learning and outcome-driven curriculum that will facilitate their development as future leaders. We additionally develop proficiency required to lead highly functional teams within postsecondary education. 

Quick Facts 

  • Program Duration: 3 years over 10 terms of study
  • Time Commitment: Part time
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer
    • The first summer term includes a week-long on-ramp experience, plus four Saturday classes spread across the summer months.
  • Course Requirements:  84 credits, including 24 credits transferred from previous graduate work
  • Application Deadlines: February 1
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required

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Program Details

​Higher Education is one of the majors of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the Pitt School of Education. The program accommodates the schedules of working professionals and combines an online learning environment with monthly Saturday in-person sessions. There is a hybrid course delivery model, including a one-day welcome and information event, a week-long intensive on-ramp experience in the first summer, cross-disciplinary practitioner inquiry and foundations courses, and an internship.

The EdD helps graduates advance within their professional areas of practice. This is in contrast to our PhD, which is a full-time program that helps to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers and/or working as faculty within research and doctoral granting universities.


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​Degree Requirements

EdD students at the Pitt School of Education complete 10 requirements that are embedded in coursework, including a practitioner inquiry project.


The EdD program at the Pitt School of Education requires applicants to have 24 credits of relevant graduate work to transfer from a source institution with a B (3.0) or higher according to University policy.

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Career Pathways

Graduates of our program pursue careers as college presidents, academic deans, student affairs deans, directors of institutional development, registrars, directors of admissions, directors of residence life, and vice presidents of higher education institutions.

Additionally, graduates pursue senior management positions in governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and policy groups.