Academic Programs - Student Affairs Leadership


Doctor of Education in Student Affairs Leadership


The University of Georgia offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Student Affairs Leadership. This part-time, primarily on-line program has been developed by the College Student Affairs Administration program at UGA and the members of the Regents Administrative Committee on Student Affairs (RACSA), which includes all Chief Student Affairs Officers in the University System of Georgia.

Goals for this program are as follow:

  1. Provide doctoral-level education for student affairs professionals in the state of Georgia and nationally who are employed full-time and need a part-time doctoral program.
  2. Educate scholar practitioners who will lead their institutions in creating enhanced and effective environments conducive to student learning and development.
  3. Create a doctoral-level educational opportunity for student affairs professionals at institutions in more rural settings or at institutions that do not offer post-master’s education.

The three-year program (with an optional fourth year, if needed, for dissertation completion) will be situated on the Griffin Campus with some summer courses taught on the Athens campus. Students will be required to complete two courses each term (fall, spring, and summer). Most of the coursework will be delivered in a blended format using on-line education with face-to-face meetings several times during a semester.

General Curriculum · Content courses taught primarily through a blended format on the Griffin campus which has state-of-the-art technical infrastructure as well as high-end instructional space. Intensive courses, including a one week long course taught in May of each of the three years of the program held at the University of Georgia Athens campus.

  • Two preliminary exam/dissertation preparation courses taught by blended delivery, based on the Griffin campus.
  • Two semesters of supervised internships on students’ home campuses or other campuses in close proximity. Internships can include special projects within their current job, special university projects, or work in an office other than their own. On-site supervisors will be recruited from senior student affairs officers holding a doctoral degree. Supervisory responsibilities will include collaborating with interns to create intended learning outcomes and to develop a plan for achieving the outcomes and meeting with interns for on-going conversations regarding the experience and the progress made toward completion of the learning outcomes.
  • Completion of a dissertation. While the program design includes the third year as the time for completion of the dissertation, there may be cases in which a fourth year will be necessary for dissertation completion.
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