Educational Studies: Specialization in Educational Leadership & Higher Education
Ph.D. Degree: Doctorate Course Type: Blended Interest: Educational Administration

This program is designed to prepare you for a scholarly position as faculty in education leadership and higher education or for positions that require knowledge of educational leadership and/or higher education and extensive research preparation.

It will also benefit you if you're working in a P-20 educational setting, higher education, community college or other education related organization.

Consider this degree if you are interested in:

  • Pursuing a doctoral degree to support a teaching role in a college or university setting.
  • Moving into a leadership role in a college, university, or community college.
  • Studying various aspects of higher education in a collaborative setting involving other professionals.
  • Gaining real-world administrative experiences tied to the major cognate areas of importance to practitioners and researchers.
  • Expanding your horizons.
  • Seeking an advanced degree to support your goals

Tuition & Fees For Educational Studies: Leadership and Higher Education

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

Because this program is designed to prepare you for a scholarly career, you'll be expected to master a scholarly research tradition in a specific area of educational administration and be familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methods in education.

  • minimum of 90 credit hours beyond bachelor’s degree (6 of the 90 credit hours must be in-residence, on-campus and approved by your advisor.*)
  • master's degree is required
  • includes a dissertation
  • 3 credit hours of doctoral courses
  • 27-42 credit hours of electives (includes seminars of student research under faculty supervision and papers for presentation and publication.)
  • research/stats courses

*Courses that meet the 6 credit hour requirement are generally setup for 1-week intensive study in the summer. The courses focus on special topics of major interest allowing for extensive interaction with experts in the field.

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    Transfer Credits

    Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

    The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

    If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major.

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    Career Services

    If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

    After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


    Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

    Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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