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Maryville University EdD in Higher Education Leadership online

Shape the future of higher education. Receive personal mentorship from your faculty advisor, and complete your dissertation alongside your coursework.

About the program

  • Focus on higher ed leadership: Prepare to help higher education institutions grow in the face of a fluctuating economy and increased competition.
  • Choose your residency experience: Take part in two research residencies, which you can complete virtually or on Maryville’s St. Louis campus.
  • Follow a cohort-learning model: Benefit from smaller class sizes, enhanced collaboration, and individual mentorship from faculty.

About Maryville 

At Maryville University, your needs come first. Maryville aims to provide access and opportunity to those who are brave enough to make their dreams a reality. Since 1872, they’ve offered a high-quality, student-centered experience. You’ll receive personalized, comprehensive support; a practical, future-focused education; and access to approachable, experienced faculty.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials, if applicable.

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The online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Leadership is a leadership-focused degree that promotes strategic high-level decision making. You will complete coursework at the same time that you conduct practice-based research for your dissertation — and apply valuable knowledge as you learn it.

Position yourself to impact higher education at the institutional level:

  • Solve tomorrow’s challenges: Explore future-focused governance and finance, contemporary student experiences, data analysis, and innovative technologies.
  • Hone your leadership skills: Learn cultural competence, empathy, and active listening — and prepare to make decisions amid complex, evolving situations.
  • Adapt your strategies: Learn how to design higher education strategies around the needs, concerns, and abilities of students in the classroom.
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Maryville’s hassle-free application process is designed to remove roadblocks, so you can focus on your goals. No application fees. No GMAT scores. Maryville will even request your transcripts for you. To be eligible for admission, you need a master’s degree, minimum required 3.0 GPA from your master’s program, and at least three years of professional experience in the higher education field.

You can apply and start learning sooner than you think. Here’s what you’ll need to submit: 

  • Simplified, no-cost online application

  • Official academic transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s programs

  • Résumé or CV 

  • Personal essay: 500–600 words 

  • Two professional letters of recommendation 

  • English proficiency scores (International applicants may be required to submit scores that meet a certain threshold.)


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In the online EdD program, you will receive personal mentorship from scholar-practitioner faculty throughout your courses and dissertation. Maryville faculty are seasoned experts and active industry leaders who help connect the curriculum to today’s higher education landscape.

Maryville faculty and instructors measure their success by yours. They are invested in helping you excel in the classroom, in your career, and beyond.

Frequently asked questions

Maryville’s online EdD program equips you with the skills, connections, and experience to succeed in an educational leadership career. With an EdD, you may advance to administrative roles; oversee higher education institutions; assess, improve, and create new curricula and instructional methods; train other educators; or conduct research.

Maryville’s online EdD program is a 32-month, 48-credit program.

Here are some reasons an education professional might choose an EdD rather than a PhD:

  • Shorter program length: Maryville’s online EdD can be completed in 32 months, which may be one to three years shorter than a PhD in Higher Education.

  • Practice-based research: With an EdD, you can directly apply existing research to solve today’s critical issues. In a PhD program, your primary goal is to extend the body of knowledge on a subject. 

  • Leadership focus: PhD programs are designed for specific academic disciplines, while Maryville’s EdD program equips you with the leadership skills to impact higher education on a sweeping scale.

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