The mission of the University of West Georgia states, “The mission of the University of West Georgia (UWG) is to enable students, faculty, and staff to realize their full potential through academic engagement, supportive services, professional development, and a caring, student-centered community.”

The mission of the Doctorate in Higher Education Administration is to provide practical education that supports the potential of higher education administrators who are seeking to advance their career goals. This program, as an Ed.D., would focus on the practical experiences and education through professional development and academic engagement, which will help prospective students learn how to improve their campus environment.

Description and Objectives

The program will recruit and admit administrators that work in a higher education/collegiate setting.  The program is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of college and university administration, leadership, finance management, and their overall ability to address and solve critical issues in higher education. The purpose of delivering the program fully online helps increase the exposure and interest of prospective students across the region, state, and nation.

This program aims to teach students to:

  • Appropriately and effectively address critical issues in higher education administration through critical analysis and reflective thought.
  • Understand, analyze, and utilize literature to influence decisions in higher education.
  • Conduct and review institutional assessments in order to analyze policy and program effectiveness to make informed decisions.
  • Understand the intricacies and nuances of higher education finance and advancement.
  • Identify legal issues and changes that affect practice in higher education.
  • Identify personal values and ethics as it influences their professional practice.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Letter of intent articulating professional goals
  • Three letters of support from:
      • Previous faculty member, (if able)
      • Direct supervisor,
      • Applicant’s choosing
  • Official university transcripts from all schools attended
  • Masters degree
  • A graduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (all graduate coursework)
  • Vita
  • At least 3 to 5 years of supervisory or budgetary full time professional experience in a higher education setting
  • Writing sample – a term paper at least 5 pages and no longer than 10 pages in length
  • Competitive GRE scores* with minima preferred scores:
    • GRE Verbal, 151
    • GRE Quantitative, 142
    • Writing, 3.5

*The GRE Scores are required and cannot be replaced for any length of time in the field or other standardized test. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.