Program Overview

With the baby boomers approaching retirement age, America’s universities and community colleges will soon face a critical leadership gap. The University of Florida’s (UF) Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration aims to prepare its students to step into the shoes of the provosts, deans, and college presidents who are preparing to add “emeritus” to their titles. Additionally, as the current university leaders continue to age, the pool of new college students continues to grow, which is creating the maximum job potential this field has seen in decades. UF’s Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration serves to fill this leadership gap with exceptionally well-trained graduates who may continue to rise through the ranks for many years to come.

The program is offered through a hybrid model, with all coursework being completed online and students attending up to three weekend meetings per semester in rotation at UF and across the state of Florida. This includes a meeting at the Community College Futures Assembly. A cohort-based approach to distance learning allows students and faculty to interact between meetings. The degree may be completed in four years of part-time study. Through this program, students may be able to further their education and enrich their careers without sacrificing their work and family life.

The Higher Education Administration Program’s faculty and alumni are recognized nationwide for their leadership and contributions to this field. The curriculum for this degree prides itself on being new, innovative, and practical for the future leaders of America’s higher educational system. Some of the courses in this program’s curriculum span topics such as Higher Education Administration, The Community College in America, Theory of Student Development, and Organizational Leadership. In addition to the program’s core curriculum, students may take courses in research design and educational research to prepare for a doctoral dissertation, if they choose to do so. Graduates of this esteemed program may emerge as strong candidates to assume leadership within the educational system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited United States college or university, or a degree deemed equivalent by the University of Florida Office of Admission.
    • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.
    • An acceptable graduate grade point average for previous graduate work.
    • An acceptable score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). We will consider applications from individuals who have acceptable scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections.


    2 or 3 weekend meetings per semester in Gainesville or Orlando.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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