Montana State University

Doctoral Degree Specialization- Ed.D. Higher Education Academics (Teaching)


This Ed.D. Higher Education Academics specialization is for persons who wish to contribute to the academic leadership of a college or university (51-60 credits beyond the master's).


Program of Study

Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)
EDLD 505 Hist & Phil of Amer Higher Ed 3
EDLD 510 Org & Adm of Higher Ed 3
EDLD 528 College Students 3
EDLD 537 Inst Resch & Assessment 3
or EDLD 511 Planning Program Assessment
Academics Specialized Courses (15-24 credit hours) 15
Issues/Trends in High Ed
Planning Program Assessment
Fin Adm in High Ed
Resource & Prog Mgmt
Critical Race Theory
Am Indians/Minority in High Ed
Postsecond Dist Delivered Educ
College Teaching
Theoretical Fndtns/Col Stdnts
Law & Policy in High Ed
Student Services
Graduate level courses may be selected from the Adult Education specialization or other departments that will strengthen the student's program of study. These courses need to be selected in consultation with the chair. 9
Statistics and Research Courses (10 Credit Hours beyond the masters)
EDCI 502 Educational Statistics II 3
EDCI 507 Qualitative Educational Rsch 3
EDCI 607 Quantitative Educational Rsch 3
EDCI 594 Seminar 1
Dissertation (14 Credit Hours)
EDCI 690 Doctoral Thesis 14
Total Credits 51-60

EDCI 506EDCI 502 or equivalent are prerequisite courses.



Prospective Faculty: It is important for prospective faculty members to understand that the ideal is to complete a doctoral degree focused on the content area of the field/discipline in which they wish to teach. However, faculty with a minimum of eighteen graduate credit hours in a content area are sometimes appointed to faculty positions. This minimum can be earned at the master's level, or partially or even fully earned as part of one's Ed.D. focus in Higher Education Academics (Teaching).

Current Faculty: Faculty who hold teaching positions with only a master's degree and do not need or wish to pursue a terminal degree in their discipline/field may find the Higher Education Academics (Teaching) focus will meet their desire to enhance teaching skills and academic management potential. Of course, one might also pursue additional hours in their content area as part of the Ed.D. focus in Higher Education Academics (Teaching).



Students with no professional experience working in higher education academics are expected to provide evidence of having gained such experience. This should be done prior to completing the dissertation or they must register for a three credit higher education academics Internship (EDLD 598) in addition to all of the above course requirements.


The M.Ed.

The opportunity to complete an M.Ed. with an Adult Education specialization and move into the Ed.D. program will be contingent on the student's professional history and ambitions, academic record, and Adult & Higher Education's ability to offer the student a new, academically challenging, comprehensive course of study.