Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership

About Our Higher Education Program

Clark Atlanta University's School of Education offers one of the most popular HBCU Online Doctoral degree programs in the state of Georgia. This program provides scholar-practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful transformational leaders in higher education settings around the world. With specific attention to HBCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions supporting the educational advancement and social mobility efforts for people of color.Our program of study embeds relevant foundational principles to develop and enhance organizational dynamics, promote DEIB practices, and engage forward-thinking instructional innovation for the next generation of college students.

This program is designed for individuals interested in working in areas such as: Community College Leadership, University Governance, Nonprofit Community Foundations, Ed. Policy Think Tanks, Government/Political Agencies, or other related spaces of influence. 


Admissions Requirements Fall 2024 

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, program-specific admission requirements include the following:
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Direct leadership experience in Higher Education, P-20 settings (with college access-related responsibilities such as College Bridge Transition programs), community outreach, non-profit, government, federal agency, or other settings that are relevant or related to work/research in Higher Education. **Online Cohort Admissions are extremely competitive due to the limited number of seats available. The applicant pool is reviewed at the preferred level of 3+ years experience at Director level or Higher plus strong academic backgrounds demonstrating the ability to be successful in an accelerated program.​**
  • Faculty Interview - Applicants for the online program will participate in a 30-minute virtual interview with a faculty committee. The goal of this interaction is the identification of program and cohort fit as we seek a diverse group of changemakers academically, professionally, socially, and demographically. Additionally, applicants have an opportunity to orally outline their proposed dissertation topic, the problem being addressed, and its relevance to existing literature.
Required Supplemental Documents & Additional Information
Curriculum Vitae/Resume - A CV/Resume highlighting your personal and professional achievements in chronological order. Be sure to include any publications.
Personal Statement - A personal statement describing your career, personal, and educational goals. This statement should also identify your general area(s) of interest, outline potential research problems, and specify your career objectives. Include in your research statement your purpose for pursuing a doctoral degree.
Letters of Recommendation- Applicants are asked to provide at least 3 letters of recommendation. Letters must be from past or current professors, colleagues or supervisors. At least one letter should be written by a current supervisor, former professor, or someone familiar with your academic work as a “student”.
*Research Coursework - Earned grade of B or higher in research coursework (Introduction to Research, Research Methods, Qualitative/Qualitative or Action Research) Masters level. Non-thesis track degrees will be considered. Applicants submit a sample research paper 10 pages APA 7th Ed.

The Summer Residential Experience (Online Only) Program requires admitted Doctoral Students to visit the beautiful campus of Clark Atlanta University. 

Upcoming Summer Residency 2023-2028Cohort 6 July 2023 (virtual)

Cohort 7 June 2, 2024

Cohort 8 June 8, 2025

Cohort 9 June 7, 2026Cohort 10 June 6, 2027

Newly admitted students participate in an Orientation Residency during their first semester of enrollment. The following year(s) students attend our Traditional week-long Summer Residency engaged in coursework, dissertation research, writing retreats, and personal/professional development.


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