Educational Studies, Educational Leadership & Higher Education, EdD or PhD

Class Adult

Be informed. Be courageous. Be a leader.

The future of higher education demands qualified leaders if it is to become more effective. Educational Leadership online doctoral program prepares you for the fiscal, social, and educational challenges affecting higher education now and into the next decade.

Program Description

This program provides the choice of an online Ph.D. in education for people who wish to focus on a scholarly career, or the Ed.D. for individuals who aspire to a leadership position in educational practice. 

The online Ph.D. degree program provides coursework in areas related to higher education including:

  • Leadership, planning and finance
  • History and philosophy
  • Policy, law and politics
  • Higher education environments
  • Teaching, learning and student affairs
  • Community colleges

In-depth learning, practicum, and scholarly experiences prepare participants for leadership positions or positions as professors and scholars in the field of higher education.

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska degrees, this education program is also accredited by:

  • The Teacher Education Accrediting Council
  • Nebraska Department of Education

Nebraska Department of Education logo, TEAC logo

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: Blended Program - what's this? Some components of the program are synchronous, meaning students and instructor interact in real time. These meetings may be online or face-to-face/on campus.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$325.50$25.00$7.35$4.00$361.85
3 credit hour$976.50$75.00$22.05$12.00$1,085.55


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$609.00$25.00$7.35$4.00$645.35
3 credit hour$1,827.00$75.00$22.05$12.00$1,936.05

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Courses for the Ed.D. and Ph.D. online programs are determined by the student, the student's academic adviser, and the doctoral supervisory committee. There are ample numbers and types of courses available including a wide array of research tools courses to enable the student to design a program of study that meets her or his professional and academic goals.

Other Program Requirements

The online Ed.D. education degree is a minimum of 96 hours beyond the bachelor's degree of which includes 12 hours of dissertation and the necessary research tools courses.

Blended Program IconThe online Ph.D. degree in education is a minimum of 90 hours beyond the bachelor's degree which includes 20 hours of dissertation, cognate courses and seminars. In the Ph.D. program 15-18 credit hours of research tools courses must be taken in addition to the 90 hours. It is required that at least 6 credit hours are completed on campus for this program.

The doctoral specialization includes coursework and other experiences in the following areas:

Leadership and foundational courses  Designed to provide an extensive grounding in the major knowledge and skill areas
that are necessary for educational leaders. Relevant parts of other disciplines are
integrated into a series of core courses that form the basis for developing higher |
education leadership capabilities. 
Cognate courses   Give students opportunities to study in areas outside of Educational Administration
that may be of special interest or may be supportive of their educational interests.
Doctoral seminars  Based on the application of concepts and techniques to effective decision and policy
making and execution, will provide a range of experiences in informed practice. While
the program is not highly specialized, the seminar component is designed to provide
an area of emphasis consistent with the student's needs.
Research tools   


Course Topics:

  • Leadership theory and practices
  • Politics and policy
  • Law
  • Governance
  • Organizational theory
  • Administrative theory and practice
  • Utilization of technology
  • Personnel development
  • Student activities and services
  • Finance and business management.

Timothy Alvarez, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor

Miles T. Bryant, Ph.D., Professor

Brent D. Cejda, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair

Marilyn Grady, Ph.D., Professor

James Griesen, Ph.D., Professor

Richard Hoover, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Barbara A. LaCost, Ph.D., Associate Professor

William Nunez, Ph.D., Director, Institutional Research & Planning

James O’Hanlon, Ph.D., Professor, former Dean of Teachers College

Richard Torraco, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Donald Uerling, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in the online doctoral program the student must have:

  • A master's degree from an accredited institution

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the Department of Education Administration. Instructions and forms can be found in the Educational Administration department application packet, and includes:
    • Title page containing your name, address, work and home telephone numbers, your fax number and your e-mail address.
    • Letter of application
    • Department doctoral application form
    • GRE score results (must have been taken within the last five years) 
    • Personal Vita or Resume
    • Statement of goals
    • Three samples of writing or research
    • Three letters of support

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester March 1 
Spring Semester September 1 


Online Worldwide Educational Representative

For More Information Contact:
Cheryl Griffith
Phone: 402.472.5515

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