Skip to main content


Announcement: check mark

The Ed.D. application is now closed for Fall 2024. It will reopen in September for a Fall 2025 start date. Email [email protected] with any questions.  

The application for a Fall 2024 start date for the Ed.D. is now open. Apply now

Ed.D. Start Date: Fall term

Ed.D. Priority Deadline: February 1

Note: International students are not eligible to apply to the EdD. Due to the hybrid nature of this program (in-person and online), international students are unable to obtain an appropriate educational visa. Contact International Admissions


Doctoral Program Class Profile:

Admitted students to the Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program hold a variety of administrative positions including directors, deans, and vice presidents. Students accepted to our recent cohort hold between 4-25 years of higher education experience.

Prerequisite Experience:

  • Applicants must have completed a master's program in a related field by start date.

  • Applicants need a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a two-year or four-year higher education organization (i.e. college or university).

(Note: there is a required application fee)

You will need to provide:

  • Official Transcripts (unofficial transcripts may be uploaded prior to admission).

  • Résumé/CV

  • Personal Professional Statement/Writing Sample (everyone must provide an essay that addresses the prompts below, you may provide an additional writing sample too).

  • 3 letters of reference (Your references will be contacted by the Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters).

Questions for Personal Professional Statement:

As a part of our admissions process, the faculty have provided three prompts to learn about your motivations for a doctoral education, your leadership experience, and an area of research interest: (tips for a strong statement).

Formatting guidelines: Each prompt should be no longer than one-page, single spaced (500 words). In total, your statement should be no longer than three pages single spaced.

  • Prompt 1: What is your immediate and long-term career trajectory? Why do you want to pursue a doctoral degree in Adult & Higher Education at OSU to advance in that trajectory? 

  • Prompt 2: How have you impacted change as a leader on your campus? How will the experiences in this program contribute to your growth as an equity-minded leader? 

  • Prompt 3: Please tell us about a localized issue that produces inequity within your specific field of work (a problem of practice) that may be of interest as a scholar practitioner




Lindsay Andrews
Adult & Higher Education Program Lead
[email protected] 
(541) 737-3574