Ed.D. in Higher Education

Become a leader and change-agent in higher education. In our Ed.D. program, you will learn cutting-edge applied research skills and strategies that will help you address issues of equity and social justice in a variety of higher education settings. Our program is hands-on. We incorporate praxis projects into coursework, so you will be able to gain practical knowledge and develop critical self-reflection, leadership, and communication skills.

One of our service-learning components in the doctoral core gives you the opportunity to serve as a consultant for Denver-area colleges and universities, where you will address a real-life issue or concern of executive leadership and create an actionable report for the “client.” We also encourage you to work at internships and promote opportunities to present at national conferences.

In addition to all of this, you will be involved deeply in research. You will work alongside our renowned, award-winning faculty on groundbreaking research as you build your higher education expertise and network of connections with higher education professionals.

Our Ed.D. program is affiliated with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). This means we follow the best practices of the CPED, and provide exceptional coursework and learning opportunities to help you delve deeply into issues, theory, and matters of practice surrounding equity and social responsibility

Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 65-quarter credit hours. You must also complete a comprehensive exam paper and doctoral research project.

Approximate Completion Time

Three years with part-time enrollment, including some summer coursework.


Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

Department Chair
Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama
303-871-3753, KRH 363

Academic Services Associate
Anna Millies
303-871-2494, KRH 351

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