Higher Education EdD

The Higher Education EdD in the College of Education and Human Development prepares accomplished higher education professionals for senior leadership positions in colleges and universities. Some students become faculty members in colleges or universities, using their higher education doctorate as a capstone for teaching in other disciplines, especially at the two-year college level, and in applied disciplines. Alumni of this program include provosts, deans and directors in many areas, such as academic and student affairs, business, continuing education, development, and technology. The program is designed to provide both a rich intellectual and theoretical background and applied experiences.

This program provides higher education leaders with key knowledge and skills, including

  • the ability to critically examine, diagnose and address persistent inequity in college access and success;
  • an advanced understanding of the cultural, economic, historical, legal, political and social contexts of higher education administration;
  • the skills necessary to find, review and apply evidence from scholarly and policy research; and
  • a strong grasp of concepts of governance and the financial structures of postsecondary institutions.

Temple’s Higher Education EdD program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, with evening classes offered to accommodate the schedules of working higher education professionals.

Program Requirements

Beyond a master’s degree or at least 30 graduate credits in a related field, curriculum requirements for this doctoral program include

  • core higher education courses (12 credits),
  • advanced research methods (12 credits),
  • a comprehensive exam and a dissertation (9 credits), and
  • electives (6 credits).

A total of 69 credit hours is required for completion of this degree. Learn more about the Higher Education EdD curriculum requirements

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Education offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

View the full cost of attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu


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