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Higher Education Leadership

Higher Education

The Higher Education program offers professional graduate degrees for careers in advanced leadership positions in colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, or educational associations. Students create stimulating, imaginative, and personalized curricular plans that prepare them for growing fields in higher education:




M.S.Ed. or Ed.S. applicants may apply to enroll starting fall, spring, or summer. Ph.D. cohorts start each summer.

International Leadership

Leadership & Administration

Student Affairs

Develop a personalized plan of study based on your background and professional interests.

Athletics Administration

International Leadership

Leadership & Administration

Student Affairs

Classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
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Our program exemplifies the “idea fusion” ethos at ODU where students design interdisciplinary plans that prepare them to build careers in growing fields in higher education.

The faculty reflect a unique mix of researchers and practitioners, ensuring a broad-based, comprehensive graduate experience for students.


Full-time students are supported by graduate assistantships (GAs). All applicants, both U.S. and international, will be considered for graduate assistantships.

Full-time Ph.D. students will be considered for GAs assisting faculty with their research, teaching, and service responsibilities.


Higher Education Student Association (HESA)

The purpose of HESA is to foster a sense of community among students interested in higher education, in addition to the graduate programs' alumni, and faculty. HESA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on current issues in higher education, and to provide opportunities for professional and personal development. Visit HESA on OrgSync »


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