Higher education administrators set the tone for and make decisions on every aspect of the college or university they manage – from academic affairs and student services to faculty research and development.

Education requirements vary by position, but college and university administrative positions require a master’s or doctoral degree, especially in senior leadership positions.

If you are considering an advanced degree program in higher education, here’s a helpful guide outlining the difference between three options.


Interested in an advanced degree in k-12 education? Here’s a quick guide to K-12 focused EdD and PhD degrees available at Capella University.


EdD Degree

Doctor of Education

PhD Degree

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

WHY WOULD I GET THIS CREDENTIAL?    
You’re an experienced education professional who wants a leadership role in higher education or related settings, with a focus on professional practice. You’re an experienced educational professional who wants to advance in a leadership role in higher education or related settings, with a focus on teaching or conducting research.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION  
Adult Education

Curriculum and Instruction

Performance Improvement Leadership

Reading and Literacy

Educational Leadership

Postsecondary and Adult Education

Leadership for Higher Education

Nursing Education

Instructional Design for Online Learning

Leadership in Education Administration

YOU ARE INTERESTED IN:
Administration at the college or university level

Affecting policy related to education issues

Teaching at the college or university level

Administration at the college or university level

Conducting research or affecting policy related to education issues

Teaching at the college or university level

CAPELLA PREREQUISITES  
Master’s Degree Master’s Degree
QUARTER CREDITS NEEDED TO GRADUATE FROM CAPELLA  
70 92
IS A FINAL PROJECT REQUIRED?  
YES

Doctoral Capstone

YES

Dissertation

DEGREE ADVANTAGES    
Focus on real world problem solving

Professional paths are not limited to education

Desired by Tier 1 research institutions

Strong foundation in multiple research methodologies

Learn more about Capella’s online doctoral programs in education.

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