Our doctorate program is designed for future leaders in higher education. Upon completion of the doctoral program, graduates will be qualified to assume educational leadership roles in a variety of contexts. Graduates can also qualify to teach at colleges and universities.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 4 to 6 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Blended (50-85% Online)
Total Credit Hours 60 hours
Dissertation Requirements Dissertation required
Two women standing at a community college.



Find your niche in higher education.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Post-secondary administrators
Post-secondary instructors

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

What You will Learn

An advanced degree in higher education will offers the opportunity to:

  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make decisions about policies and procedures
  • Effectively utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Hone your organizational leadership skills

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Course Delivery

This 60-semester-hour program is designed specifically for you. Building upon your master's degree, our program requires a major field of 48 semester hours, including the dissertation, plus 12 semester hours of research tools. Classes are completely online and offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs


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Higher Education (EDD) :: Admission Requirements


Application: 60 days prior to first class day of the desired admission semester at the latest.

Application documents: 30 days prior to first class day of the desired admission semester.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application at tamuc.edu/apply.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Higher Education, EDD” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

You must hold one of the following GPA requirements to be considered for doctoral admission:

  • An awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours or an awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 2.75 GPA or higher or
  • An awarded master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.4 GPA or higher in the field of counseling or closely related field.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals Form

Submit the Statement of Goals Form

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Writing Sample

Submit a writing sample on any topic of your interest in the field or profession of higher education using APA Style Manual (6th or 7th ed.)

  • Must be a solo-authored (not collaborative) paper
  • Can be a scholarly essay addressing a problem of practice that you want to investigate and can include related work and academic experiences
  • Must contain a reference/bibliographic list at the end with corresponding in-text citations
  • Must be at least four double-spaced pages and should not exceed 30 pages.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Request two signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

One or both of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Test Scores

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Higher Education (EDD): Admission International

The courses for this program are available only online (no face-to-face courses).  This program is not available to international students. 

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011



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