Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Higher Education

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: EdD

Classroom Type: Fully Online

Enables and supports current leaders in higher education to continue their work while completing their doctoral degrees. Graduates become effective leaders who are passionate about educational access, equity, and social justice in diverse settings in colleges and universities worldwide.

Application​ deadlines

December 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Higher Education Leadership

Campus: CU Denver Online

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 are 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.

The 54-credit program begins each summer.

Topics of study include the following elements:

  • Leadership and equity
  • Finance and strategic resource allocation
  • Policy, governance, law, and ethics
  • Power and privilege
  • Organizational culture and performance
  • Predictive analytics
  • Research methods
  • Decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Strategic enrollment management.

Mode of study

The 54-credit, three-year cohort-based program includes online courses and in-residence intensive courses (that require two campus visits each year):

  • July - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Fall semester - consecutive eight-week online courses
  • January - one-week intensive course including pre- and post-session online activities
  • Spring semester - 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 & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country.

Sample Courses

  • EDFN 7410 - Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference 3 credits
  • EDUC 7100 - Leadership in Education 3 credits
  • EDUC 7230 - Organizational Performance In Educational Contexts 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:3 years

Required Credits for Completion:54

Admission 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, five to seven pages in length, that includes the following:
    • A summary of your professional background, relevant personal interests, commitment to access and educational equity, and short- and long-term professional goals.
    • An assessment of the three most critical issues for higher education leaders and how you wish to contribute to meeting these challenges.
    • An illustration of 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.
    • A demonstration that you have the written communication skills to successfully obtain the degree of Doctor of Education.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can best attest to your leadership, professional accomplishments, academic skills, and career goals.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

The application materials are reviewed by faculty in the concentration area. A faculty review team will conduct a remote interview for applicants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the process. 

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.