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Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

Doctor of Education

Leadership is about more than skill and knowledge. It’s about service that makes a lasting difference.

Our Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership is about imagining new ways of responding to current problems and future challenges. Within a values-informed framework, you will develop your leadership capacity and engage in relevant content. With an emphasis on innovation and collaboration, you will be prepared to set the tone for a thriving future for today’s colleges and universities.

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Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

Today's colleges and universities need leaders who are confident, competent, and inspiring, yet humble enough to learn, change their minds, and seek better questions. The Ed.D. in Higher Education will develop your capacity to manage the tactical day-to-day aspects of a college or university, as well as be a transformational leader committed to innovation and positive change. 

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 61
Tuition per Credit $750
Estimated Total Tuition $45,750*

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Authentic Leadership. Positive Change.

Our Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education provides an interactive online learning environment for working professionals who serve or want to serve in leadership roles within higher education. You’ll have opportunities to meet your classmates and professors during intensives that immerse you in topics that are vital to your growth as a higher education leader. We’ll help you integrate effective, proven practices into your leadership style through case studies, small-group presentations, online discussion forums, and interactions with respected, inspirational professors who are leaders in their field.

Education Doctorate


years providing Graduate School education


of 60 Best Christian Colleges & Universities for 2019-2020

- https://www.edsmart.org/best-christian-colleges/

Program Highlights

Experienced professors

Bethel’s higher education professors are working leaders who bring relevant knowledge and trustworthy practices into your learning process. They are committed to your success in the classroom and in your career.


We know many of our doctoral students work full time, have family responsibilities, and are involved in their community while in graduate school. Our program is delivered primarily online and with flexible options, which allows you to add coursework to your other responsibilities in ways that make sense for you.

Student success

We’re committed to helping you succeed from admission to graduation. You’ll develop rich personal and professional relationships with peers who will walk with you in your educational journey. And once you’re here, you’ll receive the support of advisors and professors who will ensure you have everything you need.

Leadership formation

Personal formation and leadership development are the foundation of our program. Through self-assessments, professional coaching, and structured reflections, your unique strengths and abilities will be examined and refined in order to grow your leadership effectiveness.

Dissertation research

In our embedded dissertation process, you'll be supported in research courses that will lead you through each step. Plus, experienced advisors and committee members will ensure the completion of a high-quality dissertation.

Faith-based environment

Our professors integrate their faith into their instruction, modeling the importance of values-informed, relational leadership that encourages you to integrate your ethical commitments into your leadership as well.


Our graduates serve in a variety of public and private universities and colleges, as well as in non-profit organizations.


Learn how to:

  • Analyze higher educational systems from a historical, cultural, and/or philosophical context
  • Engage in reflective practices and sustained personal formation
  • Apply strategic and collaborative thinking to issues and problems
  • Demonstrate leadership in areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Demonstrate strong academic writing and research abilities
  • Integrate faith/values and ethics in their leadership of educational institutions


Our graduates work in the following areas of leadership:

  • Academics
  • Advising
  • Business Affairs
  • Campus Ministries
  • Career Services
  • Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Enrollment
  • Financial Aid
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership positions at nonprofit organizations
  • Registrar
  • Student Development
  • Teaching and Learning Technology