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Higher Education Program

The Higher Education program offers professional graduate degrees that prepare students seeking advanced leadership positions in colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, or educational associations related to postsecondary/tertiary education:

  • The Ed.S. Program lets students develop a personalized plan of study based on the applicant's background and professional interests.
  • The Ph.D Program includes concentrations in policy and administration, student affairs, international higher education leadership, and athletics administration.

ODU also offers a Ph.D. degree program in Community College Leadership.


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Innovative Curricular Tracks

Our program exemplifies the “idea fusion” ethos at Old Dominion University where students gain a wide variety of knowledge and skills related to U.S. and international higher education systems. Our 10:1 faculty-student ratio allows students to create stimulating, imaginative, and personalized curricular plans suited to their personal and professional goals. Hallmarks of the program include:

  • Innovative career tracks that prepare professionals for growing fields in higher education.
  • A diverse community of students, professionals, and scholars.
  • Real-world learning opportunities for students to create and apply knowledge in practice.

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Our two-year master’s program prepares students to pursue careers in advanced leadership positions. Our doctoral program prepares students for senior-level administrative positions and academic careers.

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Students design interdisciplinary plans that prepare them for careers in the growing fields of:

  • International and Comparative Education
  • Athletics Administration
  • Educational Assessment
  • Student Affairs Administration
  • Community College Leadership
  • P-20 Pathway/Bridge Programs

We have organized our curriculum around 12 critical areas for professionals working in a rapidly changing higher education sector:

Field Experiences

Students gain professional experience through internships with a wide-variety of colleges, universities, agencies, and associations in the U.S. and abroad. A capstone experience engages students in real-life research projects that are commissioned by university and community leaders.

Each year students have an opportunity to study abroad. Students in the Comparative Higher Education Systems course have studied in China, Italy, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Students in the Law of Higher Education course solicit real life legal issues facing higher education administrators, then present their papers to the sponsoring administrator. At the end of the year, the class visits the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

Most students in our program are employed in graduate assistantships. All applicants, both U.S. and international, will be considered for graduate assistantships. For more information please email us at hied@odu.edu.


ODU is part of the cultural and commercial crossroads of Hampton Roads, and one of the most diverse institutions in Virginia. Students come with a rich mix of professional, cultural, and life experiences from many sectors of higher education, business, industry, social services, and other professional domains. Classes are scheduled in the evening.


The Higher Education program prepares professionals to provide innovative leadership in careers across multiple sectors of higher education. Our alumni hold mid- and senior-level positions in international education, athletics administration, student affairs, educational assessment, and policy/administration.


Domestic and international M.S.Ed. or Ed.S. applicants may apply to begin in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Application deadlines are:

  • May 1 – Fall Semester
  • October 1 – Spring Semester
  • February 1 – Summer Semester

Ph.D. applicants must apply by February 1 to begin in the summer semester. It is highly recommended that M.S.Ed. applicants desiring graduate assistantships apply by March 1.

You may start the online application process for the M.S.Ed.Ph.D., or Ed.S degree programs, and return to complete your application at any time.

To complete an application, you will need to submit: an essay describing your personal and professional goals for graduate study, resumé, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts. Learn more about the application process and admissions criteria »

Want To Try Out The Program Before Applying?

Students may take up to 12 credits as a non-degree student if they wish to try the program before applying to it.

For more information about the Higher Education program, or to arrange a campus visit, please email hied@odu.edu or call (757) 683-5163.

Dr. Chris Glass
Higher Education Program Coordinator
(757) 683-4118 office
(757) 683-4413 fax