Learn the skills necessary to affect real, meaningful change as a leader in the higher education landscape.

The mission of the EdD program at Regis is to educate thoughtful leaders who understand the complexities of the ever-changing landscape of secondary and higher education, and who can identify and address problems of practice. Our program challenges candidates to be informed decision-makers and reflective practitioners capable of contributing to the expansion of scholarship, learning, practice and service.

At Regis College, we make earning your EdD in Higher Education Leadership attainable through our hybrid format. Meeting on Saturdays four times per semester, you can continue to work full time while completing your doctorate in 36 months. We integrate work on your dissertation into the coursework from the beginning, and provide support to assist students with research requirements.

The strong faculty mentoring that each student receives while completing their capstone projects and dissertations have led to a 96% completion rate in the program.

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Why Earn an EdD in Higher Education Leadership?

Depending on your personal and professional goals, earning an EdD in Higher education Leadership may be the right move for you.

Scholar-practitioners who earn an EdD are prepared to use systems thinking to address significant issues in secondary and higher education ranging from teaching and learning to administration, finance and leadership. These practitioners know how to collect and analyze data, consume relevant reference material, conduct learning sessions, and create positive learning communities.

The result is graduates who have the knowledge and skills that you need to transform theory into practice in order to address the most pressing questions impacting today’s secondary and higher education landscape.

Recent graduates and current students of this program are currently working in higher education leadership positions, including academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, athletics administration, institutional research and strategic initiatives, and as college faculty.

Learn more about why earning an EdD in Higher Education Leadership at Regis could be right for you.


The EdD in Higher Education Leadership at Regis follows a hybrid format designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals. Students meet face-to-face four to six times each semester (always on Saturdays), engaging in online learning and discussion in between. As a cohort model, you will start the program, travel through it, and finish it with the same group of peers.

The EdD curriculum consists of 17 courses designed to be completed over the course of 36 months (3 years). Courses are focused on a mix of theory, research, and dissertation.

A Practical Approach to Your EdD Capstone Project

Graduates pursuing opportunities in secondary and higher education produce a dissertation directly applicable to their field. A number of courses within the curriculum are specifically created to facilitate the completion of the dissertation within the three-year program.

The capstone project allows you to explore in-depth a critical issue in higher education and share your work with the higher education community. Previous capstone projects of dissertation in practice have included:

  • Developing Partnerships: Strengthening Parent Engagement in a Title I School
  • An Investigation of the Relationships Among Life Experiences and Resilience With First-Year College Students
  • A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Training for Social Workers and Health Care Providers in Managing Challenging or Potentially Violent Client Behaviors
  • And more
Studying on the campus of Trinity College was inspiring and a unique opportunity offered through this doctoral program. The storied campus setting and opportunity to learn about the higher education system in Dublin by actually traveling to different campuses was a once in a lifetime experience.
Robert Melaragni, EdD candidate
Before beginning in the Regis EdD program I always had a voice on my campus being an administrator. However through my time in the program the content of my voice was increased. This program truly prepared me to think deeply about issues in higher education, and gave me the tools to work on solutions. This was accomplished through the coursework, classroom discussions with faculty and other students, and through my research. The program delivers on its name: Higher Education Leadership. I am now prepared to be a senior administrator and to contribute at the highest levels.
Conway Campbell, Vice President for Student Success

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