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  • Application Deadline: August 2, 2024
  • Classes Start: August 26, 2024

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Become a Change Leader in Higher Education

American International College (AIC) Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration program’s Higher Education specialization focuses on preparing students to become leaders in higher education who enact positive change.

About the Program

Students will have the credentials to qualify for leadership or university faculty roles, and develop their expertise in areas such as: 

  • Student development 
  • Leadership 
  • Managing higher education 
  • Supporting student success 
  • Educational policies and systems 

Additionally, AIC’s Online EdD Higher Education specialization provides dissertation writing courses woven throughout the program. This allows students to stay connected to their research while refining their skills and studying theories of student development, leadership, managing higher education, supporting student success, and educational policies and systems. 

  • Graduate in just over two years (seven terms) while studying full-time 
  • Study 100% online 
  • Learn from doctorally-prepared faculty who are educators themselves 
  • Benefit from a cohort-style learning model, allowing you to build key connections with peers within and outside of your role   
  • Receive dedicated student advisor support from application to graduation 

AIC has a long-standing history of making education more accessible for people of all backgrounds, with a legacy centered around diversity, access, and inclusion. Founded in July 1885, AIC still stands more than 125 years later as a leader in education and continues to foster community more effectively than any other time in its history.  

The AIC Advantage

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Designed for engaged leaders

Fully online with no campus immersions or travel requirements

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Legacy of Diversity, Access & Inclusion

A history of making education more accessible for persons of all backgrounds

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Expert Support and Guidance

Study under thought leaders committed towards training the educators and leaders of tomorrow

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Affordable Tuition

Competitively priced tuition compared to similar programs

Admission Requirements

To be considered for enrollment in this program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Master's degree from any discipline  
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (academic or professional)  
  • Personal essay  
  • Official transcripts

Online EdD Higher Education – Sample Curriculum

This course focuses on an introduction to the selection and construction of research design and choice of appropriate research methods for the educational inquiry to be undertaken. A variety of research methods will be reviewed. The design and collection of data, data analysis, and ethical issues related to research with human subjects will be explored.

This course provides advanced study and analysis of leadership theories, practices, and challenges within the higher education context. Students will explore the unique dynamics of leading in colleges and universities, including the complexities of governance structures, organizational culture, and stakeholder relationships. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective and transformative leaders in higher education. By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the theories, models, and practices of leadership in higher education. They will develop the ability to critically analyze leadership challenges, formulate effective strategies, and lead with integrity and vision in a rapidly evolving educational landscape.

This course explores the foundational theories and frameworks that shape our understanding of how students grow, develop, and learn in the higher education environment. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students will examine psychological, sociological, and cognitive theories that inform student development and the factors influencing their experiences. This course provides a solid theoretical foundation for professionals working in student affairs, counseling, and higher education administration. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the major theories of college student development and their implications for practice. They will be able to apply these theories to assess student needs, design inclusive programs and interventions, and promote holistic student success in the higher education context.

Dissertation 1 is the first in a three-course block of final required dissertation writing. It yields the first two chapters of the dissertation: Introduction and literature Review. Credit is awarded when the student submits the fully edited and approved version of these two chapters to his/her Dissertation Committee.

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Nicole Esposito
MS ’09, EdD ’12

"My professors at AIC changed how I viewed myself, my abilities, and what I could offer my community."

Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration 

American International College’s Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration program is a supportive online doctoral degree intended to facilitate transformative change, delivered with a connective, tailored curriculum. The EdD Higher Education specialization is tailored to students interested in earning the credentials necessary to qualify for leadership or university faculty roles and become a change agent in higher education. 


 3 intakes per year


 Classes are 100% online

Career Salary Trends

Education Administrators (Kindergarten through secondary) $101,320
Education Administrators (Postsecondary) $99,940
Post Secondary Teachers $80,840
Training and Development Managers $120,000
Chief Executives $189,520


Frequently Asked Questions

American International College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

This program can be completed in two years and three months (seven semesters).

The tuition for this program is $960 per credit hour, totaling $48,960

*Please speak with your enrollment advisor about additional program fees.

In this program, you will study under an engaged, doctorally-prepared faculty of prolific scholars, practitioners, and leaders who are committed to your success.

Dedicated Student Support

An AIC Enrollment Advisor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Click the button below to fill out a form and start the conversation.

Your advisor can help with:

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  •   Financial aid
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