Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity - Higher Education


CU Denver’s Doctor of Education (EdD) concentration in higher education enables and supports current leaders in higher education to continue their work while completing their doctoral degree. Graduates of this program will be effective leaders who are passionate about educational access, equity and social justice in diverse settings in colleges and universities worldwide.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 3 years Credits required for completion: 54 Minimum education level: Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution Application deadline: December 1

The Details

What you’ll learn

You have a passion for educational access, equity and social justice in higher education and you want to be empowered with tools for positive change to impact student success. You’re ready to pursue your doctorate in order to join leadership discussions and actions at the highest level in colleges and universities to grapple with what educational equity really means.

Topics of study include:

  • Leadership and equity
  • Finance and strategic resource allocation
  • Policy and governance / Law & ethics
  • Power and privilege
  • Organizational culture and performance
  • Predictive analytics
  • Research methods
  • Strategic enrollment management

Our alumni receive executive coaching services for up to one year after graduation for a reasonable fee delivered by qualified faculty focused on your success after program completion.

Mode of study

Fully Online: The 54-credit three-year cohort-based program includes an online format coupled with two campus visits each year:

  • July - one week course including pre and post-session activities
  • Fall semester - two consecutive eight-week online courses
  • January - one week course including pre and post-session activities
  • Spring semester - two consecutive eight-week online courses

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver provides an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a higher education leader. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.

Admissions Requirements

The EdD in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education concentration, is a three-year, online (with in person intensive sessions) cohort program, designed in an executive format for working professionals, and has the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Written Statement of Purpose
    • The Statement of Purpose is five to seven pages in length, detailing your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals. Please discuss your assessment of the three most critical issues for higher education leaders and how you wish to contribute to meeting these challenges. Illustrate how your commitment is demonstrated in your past experiences and how this educational journey, shared with doctoral student colleagues, will enhance your ability to contribute in the future. Further, demonstrate in your Statement of Purpose that you have the written communication skills to successfully obtain the degree of Doctor of Education.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional artifacts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

The application packet is reviewed by faculty and a videoconferencing informational interview is held no later than February of each year. Students are notified in February with an acceptance deadline of April 1. Program begins in summer of the current academic year.

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.