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108* Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. *
Cost per credit
$590 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Hybrid You can complete this program in a hybrid format that blends online coursework with in-person classes held periodically in Portland, Oregon. View the curriculum.
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Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education

Admissions requirements

Qualifications for admissions are determined by both the OSU Graduate School and the program. Visit the OSU Graduate School website to review the minimum admissions requirements.

Candidates must have an earned master’s degree and a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a two-year or four-year higher education institution or a professional field related to teaching, learning and/or leadership.

International students are not eligible for participation in this program. Due to the program's part-time status, international students are unable to obtain an appropriate educational visa.

Program class profile

Students admitted to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Adult and Higher Education hold a variety of administrative positions including directors, deans and vice presidents. Students accepted to our 2020 cohort have between 5-22 years of higher education experience, averaging 10 years per student. This includes multiple years of administrative experience at the director level or higher.

When can you start?

One cohort is admitted per year. Classes begin fall term.

The priority application deadline is Feb. 15, 2021.

How to apply

Apply as a degree-seeking student through the OSU Graduate School’s online application.

The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

Submit an official copy of all transcripts and other required documents to the Graduate School.

Required documents

Upload the following documents on the OSU Graduate Admissions website:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Personal professional statement/writing sample (addressing the prompts below)
  • Three letters of reference; your references will be contacted by the Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters.

Questions for personal professional statement

As a part of our admissions process, our faculty want to learn more about your motivations for doctoral education, the strengths you would bring to the program, how you define social justice, and your research interests.

  • Motivation: Why do you want to pursue a doctoral degree in adult and higher education at Oregon State University? How will this degree support your professional goals?
  • Social justice: How is/can social justice be integrated into your leadership approach? In which areas would you like to further improve, or where are there opportunities to further integrate social justice?
  • Research: What is your current research interest? Why?
  • Faculty: Which of our faculty are you most interested in working with? Why?

This is not a teacher licensure program

For additional information, visit our license disclosure webpage for associated programs and U.S. state or territory licensing agency contact information.


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