Oregon State University's Doctorate of Education (EdD/PhD) in Adult and Higher Education degree program with an option in leadership in higher education (LHE) is designed for working professionals who aspire to be educational leaders at four-year colleges and universities.

You will critically analyze the latest research from a variety of perspectives, and learn how to apply data-driven evidence and proven practices to meet the changing needs of four-year higher education institutions.

College and University Leadership Teaching and Learning Methods

Students enroll as members of a cohort with the goal of participating in an active learning community. Classes are scheduled for an intensive weekend twice per term at a community college in Oregon. Face-to-face class sessions are held Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and Saturday morning. Instructional methods include group and individual projects, scholarly discussion, and professional internships. Every student receives guidance from our nationally recognized faculty.


Prerequisite Experience

Applicants need a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in a four-year higher education organization (college or university) or a professional field related to teaching, learning and/or leadership.

Learn about the LHE curriculum.

Priority admission: Students who apply before February 15th of each year will receive notice of the admission decision no later than April 15th.

Rolling admission: Students who apply after February 15th will be reviewed on a space available basis through July 15th.

Note: Leadership in Higher Education follows a cohort model, which only begins in Fall term each year.


Erich N. Pitcher, PhD
Program Lead