Doctor of Philosophy in Education / Higher Education Leadership, Management & Policy (Self-Designed)
Walden University

Program Details

Explore the systems, policies, and politics of higher education with the PhD in Education focusing on Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy. Graduates will be able to apply effective leadership and management skills and strategies to create positive change within their institutions.

This program specialization is designed for those seeking leadership positions in community colleges, private and public liberal arts colleges, distance-learning institutions, regional and state universities, state and federal agencies, and national professional associations. Students of this online doctorate in Education Leadership will examine higher education institutions from systemic and organizational perspectives. Courses discuss the factors that impact institutional effectiveness, student learning and development, and the educational organization’s overall development and impact. 

Course topics available to students include the following:

  • Higher education in the 21st century
  • Leading and managing instructional change
  • Politics of higher education – policy development and implementation
  • International education and development
  • Education law, policy, and governance

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires four residencies.

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island