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FAQs, Higher Education Leadership (EdD)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the doctor of education (EdD) in higher education leadership program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

How will the Widener doctoral degree in higher education leadership help advance my career?

The doctoral curriculum is designed for individuals seeking to advance their leadership roles in colleges, universities, and higher education-related organizations. The Widener doctoral degree in higher education leadership is designed to develop and support scholar practitioners through the integration of research and practice. Program faculty work with students to further the development of key core competencies required of leaders in today’s rapidly changing higher education environment.

What is required for admission?

Applicants are required to submit academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a current professional resume, an interview with the program coordinator and an essay. We do not require the GRE. Find more information on our Graduate Admissions page.

Can I take a course while my application is being reviewed?

Yes! Non-matriculated students can take up to two courses prior to acceptance into the higher education leadership doctoral program.

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with no set due date.

Due to this, and also to students’ customized plans for curricular completion, there is no formal cohort model in the program. It is common for students to move through their curriculum with a group of student peers, but is as equally common for students to meet new classmates at various points in their program. This combination of experiences contributes to both breadth and depth in peer relationships and professional networks, an important strength of the program. 

Can you tell me about the program faculty?

Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars, practitioners, and leaders in higher education.

What if I don’t know what area of research I want to pursue for a dissertation?

While some students enter the program with a possible research focus, others use the early semesters of the doctoral experience as a time of discernment to explore their research agenda interests. Doctoral program faculty work closely with students throughout the program providing mentoring and support for their emerging research focus.

How many courses do I need to register for each semester?

We understand the importance of supporting each individual student. As a result, students have the option of taking 1 to 3 courses per semester. Faculty academic advisors work with students to determine the most appropriate semester schedule. 

Is there a graduate student organization on campus?

Yes! The Higher Education Student Association sponsors special topic programing and provides networking and peer support.

Will any of my prior graduate credits transfer to this doctoral program?

In most cases, some graduate credits will transfer, but the number of transfer credits may vary depending on the focus of prior graduate studies.