Ed.D. — Higher Education

School of Education

The Doctor of Education in Higher Education is an online degree program that will prepare you to work as a post-secondary administrator, and designed for professionals who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement.

  • Learn how key theories inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice.
  • Develop knowledge of the practical aspects of higher education administration including finance, program evaluation, organizational theory, law and governance and strategic planning.
  • Practice vital skills in critical thinking, scholarly research and writing, all from a Christian perspective.

Career Opportunities:

  • Division Chair
  • Academic Dean or Assistant Dean
  • Executive Leadership

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Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 66 +

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Process – Doctoral Programs (Ed.D./Ph.D.)

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

Fee Waiver: Attend a graduate School of Education on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.  

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's and master's degree program. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 4: Current Résumé
Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments, including copies of published materials. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 5: Writing Samples

Educational/Professional Paper
Doctoral applicants are required to submit a sample of their master’s level work, a paper of at least five pages in length. Individuals that can no longer access their master’s level work may submit a professional writing sample of the same length or may compose an academic paper on an educational topic.

Educational/professional papers should be emailed to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: EDU Doctoral Application Pieces.

Writing Sample
In addition, doctoral applicants must submit a second writing sample which will be evaluated using the ETS Criterion Service. Submit a single Criterion writing sample using the directions below. Multiple Criterion writing samples will not be considered.

  1. Visit http://criterion.ets.org.
  2. Click "Create Account."
  3. Fill in your account information (Access Code: 26KP - QM6A).
  4. Click "Submit."
  5. Click "OK."
  6. Fill in your new User Name and Password under "Returning User."
  7. Click "Sign In."
  8. Click "School of Education" under "Classes."
  9. Choose the "Assignments" tab.
  10. Choose the "Ed.S. and Doctoral Writing" prompt only. There is only one writing prompt choice for Ed.S. and doctoral applicants. You will be provided with the question once you begin the timer for the essay.
  11. Click "OK" to acknowledge you are ready to begin your writing sample.
  12. Read the instructions for submitting your essay. Please keep in mind that you have 40 minutes to complete your writing sample and the timer begins as soon as you click "Start Response." You will receive a warning when 10 minutes remain on the timer.

Step 6: GRE Scores
Arrange to have official GRE scores (no more than five years old) sent directly to Regent University. Regent ETS code: 5135

  • For more information or to register for the GRE, visit www.ets.org.

Step 7: Admissions Interview
If an interview is necessary, the admissions office will contact you to schedule an appointment. The interview can be conducted on campus or over the phone and typically takes about an hour.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Ed.S. $715/credit hour
Ed.D. & Ph.D. $775/credit hour

(The Ed.S. program & tuition rate counts toward the first 31 credit hours of the Ed.D./Ph.D. Remaining credit hours toward a doctoral degree incur the higher tuition rate.)

Student Fees

Fee Amount
Library Orientation $50
Blackboard Orientation $50
Technology Fee $300 per term
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100 per term
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15 for spring & fall terms

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

2017 Residency: July 10-13 on the Virginia Beach Campus

The Ed.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs are committed to the historical foundations of the specialist doctoral degrees in which a community of scholars and experts is created among faculty-mentors, successful professionals in the field, and learners. Regent University mirrors historical tradition by using intensive residencies. Residencies occur in the summer, and they allow learners to interface with faculty and other students to provide specialized professional experiences outside the usual course of study and provide interaction with various constituencies. In view of this goal, waiving residency requirements will not be considered. Two residencies are required, with 2 credit hours being awarded for each residency. Residency takes place on the VB campus typically for four days with the 2017 residency occurring July 10-13.

Travel and Lodging

Campus and Local Area

Other Information

If you are making travel arrangements, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is approximately 9 miles (15 min.) from Regent University. Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is approximately 35 miles (45 min.) from Regent. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is approximately 92 miles (1 hr. 30 min.) from Regent. If you are staying at The Founders Inn and will be arriving at Norfolk International Airport, you may call the hotel to make arrangements for the shuttle to pick you up from the airport. (757) 424-5511 – Ask for Guest Services.

Please keep in mind that residency is mandatory for the Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs.  An important means to assess your skills, quality of thought, and growth as a learner, every student is required to attend every scheduled session/activity.  Attendance will be recorded and an unapproved absence from any session will likely result in a failure for the course and thus the forfeiture of the 2 credits necessary for completion of this program requirement.

Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ed.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master’s transcript(s). Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring, summer or fall semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.

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