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administrative contact

Karrie Ditmore
Higher Education Administration
phone: 304-293-5928
fax: 304-293-2279

program contact

Nathan Sorber
phone: 304-293-1781
fax: 304-293-2279

Program Details

Program Description

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare graduates for positions in higher education administration, faculty and research and policy. Students benefit from a Common Leadership Core experience with students from other educational leadership programs to gain an understanding of common and divergent interests and issues between all levels of education and leadership positions across these levels.

They also benefit from a Higher Education Core designed to provide breadth across critical areas of HIED and from a specialization within HIED, which may include: Academic Affairs/Curriculum and Assessment, College Student Development, Administration, Organizations, and Policy, or an Individualized Specialization. A cognate outside the Higher Education Administration program allows for in-depth study in a field related to student interests and intended practice, and a Research Core emphasizes the importance of producing original research as well as the ability to critically evaluate and effectively apply published scholarship to problems of practice.

Career Profile

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare graduates for positions in higher education administration, faculty and research and policy.

Upon completion of the degree, graduates will be prepared to:
•Create original research that advances the field of higher education;
•Be reflective, ethical and effectual leaders of higher education organizations and institutions;
•Apply research and theory to the practice of higher education administration;
•Critically evaluate scholarship, policy and practice in order to promote equity, access and social justice.

Delivery Methods Available

  • blended

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Applicants for the HIED Ed.D. need to earn a minimum Graduate Record Exam score of 300 in the new scoring system or 1000 in the old scoring system. In addition, students must score at the 50th percentile on the analytical writing section. International students must score a minimum of 550 on the paper version of the TOEFL or a minimum of 213 on the computer version of the TOEFL. Any test scores submitted for consideration must be no more than five years old.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: June 1
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.