At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

3 years

Cost per unit


Base cost




*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.


The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University is a three-year program designed to prepare highly motivated student affairs professionals who serve as transformational leaders in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Led by experienced faculty-practitioners, students are able to develop their leadership strengths to make a significant impact on the next generation of college students and the institutions of higher education that serve them.

Program Highlights

  • Cohort model designed for working professionals in higher education
  • Unique strengths-based approach to teaching, learning, and research
  • Experienced faculty who are professionally active and personally committed to student success
  • A one-week intensive at APU each June and face-to-face sessions once a month for nine months (not in May or August), with online instruction throughout the year

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Which One is for You—Ed.D. or Ph.D.?

The Department of Higher Education also offers a Ph.D. in Higher Education for higher education professionals who work full time.

Compare Higher Education’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. (PDF)

APU also offers an elementary and secondary education-focused Doctor of Education program through the School of Education.

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.