Credits required
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 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
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 organization (i.e. college or university).

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 recent 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, with classes beginning fall term.

How to apply

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

The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

Required documents

Upload the following documents on the OSU Graduate Admissions website:

  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • 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, the faculty have provided three prompts to learn about your motivations for doctoral education, your leadership experience, and an area of research interest:

Formatting guidelines: Each prompt should be no longer than one-page, single spaced (500 words). In total, your statement should be no longer than three pages single spaced.

  • What is your immediate and long-term career trajectory? Why do you want to pursure a doctoral degree in Adult & Higher Education at OSU to advance in that trajectory?
  • How have you impacted change as a leader on your campus? How will the experiences in this program contribute to your growth as an equity-minded leader?
  • Please tell us about a problem of practice that produces inequity in your field of work that may be an area of research interest.

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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