At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

3 years

Cost per unit


Base cost



WSCUC (formerly WASC)

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

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.


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 WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.