The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) will prepare you to make significant contributions to your organization and will help you become a transformational leader in higher education.

The program is designed for current and aspiring leaders working in two- and four-year colleges and universities and community and technical colleges who seek to be a catalyst for meaningful change within their organization.

The curriculum for the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education focuses on contemporary leadership theories with a strong foundation in research. A broad understanding of the complex nature of higher education is woven throughout the curriculum, but the primary focus of the program is to prepare you to lead your organization through meaningful change and transformation. Rather than simply building your knowledge of higher education theory, you will learn to become a leader who will function effectively within your organization to create positive change.

A new cohort starts once per year in June. The program starts with a two-week, all-day Summer Institute, which is held on campus in Milwaukee. Upon completion of the Institute, classes meet at the Cardinal Stritch University City Center in downtown Milwaukee. Classes meet one weekend per month during the fall and spring semesters: Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm, and Sundays 9 am-1 pm.


  • EDHE 781 - Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
  • EDHE 783 - Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
  • EDHE 784 - Innovative Strategies in Higher Education
  • EDHE 790 - Leadership in Learning and Service Institute for Higher Education I
  • EDHE 791 - The American College and University: Past, Present, and Future
  • EDHE 792 - Leadership in Learning and Service Institute for Higher Education II
  • EDHE 793 - Organizational Theory and Practice in Higher Education
  • EDHE 794 - Leadership in Learning and Service Institute for Higher Education III
  • EDHE 795 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Degree Requirements

Doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education

Admissions Application

There is no cost to submit the admissions application online.

Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program for consideration. Students applying as international students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and student visa status.

Degree Requirements

  • All doctoral coursework has been successfully completed.
  • All three yearly assessments of the curriculum strands have been successfully completed.
  • All program requirements (study team hours, mentor goal forms, LLSR, etc.)
  • The dissertation has been accepted and approved.
  • The oral presentation has been successfully completed.
  • All financial obligations incurred by the University have been met.
  • All graduate credits applied to the degree have been earned within seven years at the time of graduation.

Degree Options

Doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education

Individuals may pursue either an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) or Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in this program.

The Ph.D. curriculum is more research-based, while the Ed.D. curriculum is more practitioner-oriented. The Ph.D. program requires an additional 3 credits in theory and research; 63 credits are required for the Ed.D. program.

At the end of the first year of doctoral studies, you decide whether you want to pursue an Ed.D. or Ph.D.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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