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Higher Education Administration (Executive Cohort)


Program Overview

In the Higher Education Administration program at The University of Alabama, we know that choosing to pursue a graduate degree is a life-altering decision, at both a personal and a professional level.

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Reach the Highest Level in Higher Education

At the personal level, it’s a decision that requires hard-work, dedication, and perseverance as well as support from friends and family. At a professional level, the decision requires you to develop new knowledge and skills and even a different perspective on important issues surrounding your field. We are committed to your success in the program in Higher Education Administration.

We offer an accelerated EdD program, a curriculum designed to help you achieve your goals, small classes that encourage peer support, and opportunities to engage with a dynamic faculty. Learn more about the EdD in Higher Education Administration Executive Cohort at The University of Alabama. You will discover that we are dedicated to helping you become a leader for a changing world.

More than 100 students have graduated from the EdD in Higher Education Administration (Executive Cohort) program and are working in 23 states. From university presidents to provosts, deans and directors, this accelerated program has propelled our alumni into coveted leadership positions across the country, empowering them to make a difference in higher ed.

  • Application Priority DeadlineFebruary 15 for Fall 2022 cohort
  • Fees$740 (standard graduate tuition rate of $440 per credit hour plus $300 per credit hour EdD in Higher Education Administration program fee); $10 per credit hour college fee and $10 per credit hour technology fee
  • Orientation RequiredYes
  • FT Study RequiredYes
  • Other Program Specifics*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications; Cohort-based program


This degree program consists of 54 credit hours of coursework and 12 credit hours of dissertation research. Please note that courses are subject to change.

  • AHE 520 The Student in Higher Education
  • AHE 521 Student Affairs
  • AHE 530 Law and Higher Education
  • AHE 550 Financing Higher Education
  • AHE 560 Comparative Higher Education
  • AHE 601 Professional Seminar in Higher Education
  • AHE 602 Problems in Higher Education
  • AHE 610 Academic Cultures and Learning
  • AHE 640 Organizational Change
  • AHE 645 Higher Education and Student Affairs Assessment
  • AHE 690 Directed Doctoral Study
  • BEF 534 Multicultural Education
  • BEF 653 Studies in Higher Education History
  • BEF 654 Philosophy and American Higher Education
  • BEF 681 Ethics and Education
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education
  • BER 600 Quantitative Research Methods
  • BER 631 Inquiry as Interpretation: Qualitative I

The decision-making process of Louisiana’s executive university leaders during declining state appropriations from 2008 to 2016

  • Dr. Kelsey Walden Bohl, Cohort 11
  • Dr. Claire Major and Dr. Arleene Breaux, Chairs

Pathways to the baccalaureate: Exploring graduating transfer students’ involvement at a four-year institution

  • Dr. Amelia Bickel, Cohort 11
  • Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan, Chair

Exploring student experiences of faith development through intercollegiate athletic participation

  • Dr. Tim Sceggel, Cohort 10
  • Dr. Nathaniel Bray, Chair

Department chairs’ research-related roles and responsibilities

  • Dr. D. Jay Cervino, Cohort 10
  • Dr. Claire Major, Chair

Agricultural education at the Virginia Military Institute during the 1850’s

  • Dr. Michael Wallace, Cohort 9
  • Dr. Philo Hutcheson, Chair

Bennett College: Faith, Protest and Race 1960-2000

  • Dr. Sharon Height, Cohort 9
  • Dr. Philo Hutcheson, Chair

A case study of early career faculty in a medical environment

  • Dr. J. Michael Mathis, Cohort 9
  • Dr. Karri Holley, Chair

The college choice process: A qualitative review of the role of parents in freshman, first-generation scholarship recipients’ access to higher education

  • Dr. Ronald Hebert, Cohort 8
  • Dr. Karri Holley, Chair

Division II NCAA male athletes and risk taking behaviors

  • Dr. Matthew Kerch, Cohort 8
  • Dr. Nathaniel Bray, Chair

Classes meet Thursdays 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. once a month, year round for two years. Breaks for meals are included in these timeslots. Over the course of a weekend, students participate in instructional time with three faculty members teaching the three different courses that they are enrolled in for that semester.

The EdD in Higher Education Administration Executive Cohort from The University of Alabama

Find out what students like best about UA’s EdD in Higher Education Administration Executive Cohort program.


The EdD in Higher Education Administration Executive Cohort at The University of Alabama welcomes applications from highly-qualified individuals who have strong academic preparation, leadership potential, and a clearly-articulated commitment to the field of higher education. Admission is competitive, as we admit a small number of students each year into the EdD program.

Applicants must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies. When applying to the Graduate School select ‘Executive Cohort Campus’ as the campus, and ‘On Campus’ as the program type. Choose ‘Education’ as the department, ‘Doctoral’ as the degree type, and ‘Higher Education Admin, EDD’ as the program of study.

Questions concerning the application process should be directed to Dr. Arleene Breaux at (205) 348-1169 or

A completed application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, official test scores, and a Graduate School application.

*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications.

The following departmental requirements should be submitted to the Graduate School’s Managing Supporting Documents portal.

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A one-page statement of purpose for pursing the degree, you can use the same document submitted to the Graduate School
  • Vita or resume
  • Five-page writing sample that describes a problem within higher education today (nationally), analyzing salient points of the issue, and evaluating potential solutions. The sample should demonstrate formal writing and include appropriate citations.

Dr. Arleene P. Breaux

Clinical Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration
Executive Ed.D. Program Coordinator

  • EdD | University of Arkansas
  • Research Interests: Higher education administration, leadership and the presidency, governmental affairs and policy, finance

Dr. Nathaniel Bray

Professor, Higher Education Administration
Associate Director, Educational Policy Center

  • PhD | Vanderbilt University
  • Research Interests: College student issues, faculty-administrator relationships, rural education, student access, policy, finance and prestige of sociology in higher education

Dr. David Hardy

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

  • PhD | The University of North Texas
  • Research Interests: Ethical issues; Community college financial, administrative, instructional, governance, faculty and student issues; The nexus of academic culture and popular culture

Dr. Karri Holley

Professor, Higher Education Administration
Program Coordinator, Higher Education Administration

  • PhD | University of Southern California
  • Research Interests: Interdisciplinary teaching and learning, organizational change in higher education, graduate and professional education, qualitative inquiry

Dr. Stephen Katsinas

Professor, Higher Education Administration
Director, Educational Policy Center

  • PhD | Southern Illinois University
  • Research Interests: History, finance, access of higher education, twentieth century American educational policy

Dr. Claire Howell Major

Professor, Higher Education Administration

  • PhD | The University of Georgia
  • Research Interests: College and university teaching, instructional technology, qualitative methods

Dr. Steve Mobley, Jr.

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

  • PhD | University of Maryland
  • Research Interests: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, social class diversity within black communities, African American queer students, low-income, first-generation students, critical qualitative inquiry

Dr. Krystal L. Williams

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

  • PhD | University of Michigan
  • Research Interests: Underrepresented Groups in STEM, higher Education and public policy, historically black colleges and universities; student role strain and adaptation; P-20 educational pathways

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