Doctorate of Education in Higher and Adult Education

The Higher and Adult Education (HIAD) Doctoral Program is comprised of two areas of concentration: Higher Education and Adult Education.

The Higher Education Concentration is designed for individuals seeking graduate-level preparation primarily for mid- and senior-level administrative positions in higher education institutions, or higher education-related agencies, boards, and commissions.

The Adult Education Concentration is designed for individuals seeking leadership positions in education, health services, business, and in community and non-profit organizations. The Adult Education Concentration prepares professionals to teach and facilitate the development of adult learners and promote lifelong learning.

One of the most exciting facets of the HIAD Program is its suitability for candidates from diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Students currently enrolled in the program have academic and professional backgrounds in the fields of Business, Education, Health, Law, Counseling, and Liberal Studies. Our graduates are currently serving as:

  • Community College Presidents
  • Higher Education Vice Presidents
  • Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans
  • Department Chairpersons
  • Faculty Members
  • Researchers
  • Student Affairs Administrators
  • Educational Program Directors
  • Health Services Administrators
  • Community Organization and Non-profit Directors
  • Human Resources Administrators

The Doctorate of Education in Higher and Adult Education program at the University of Memphis includes Adult Education Doctorate programs that offer concentrations in Adult Education or Higher Education. Our EdD program can be completed fully online with no on-campus requirement. All our programs are taught by student-centered faculty who bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to their classrooms.

Required Courses

Program Coordinator

Dr. Edith Gnanadas

Dr. Edith Gnanadass
Assistant Professor of Higher & Adult Education
Email | 901.678.1167
Office: 123E Ball Hall



Application Process

NO GRE SCORES REQUIRED. The HIAD EdD program accepts applications for fall admittance only. Please have your application materials submitted to the UofM Graduate School no later than April 1 in order to be considered.

Each applicant must submit a completed application packet to the UofM Graduate School that includes:

  • A completed admissions application
  • Graduate School Application (Click Apply Now) or Readmission (Click Readmit Application)
  • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses

In addition, each applicant must submit the following as part of your graduate application:

  • Personal statement (2- 3 pages, single spaced), including the following items:
    • Describe your background, including relevant educational, work, and leadership experience
    • Share your initial research interests
    • Explain why you are interested in the University of Memphis Higher and Adult Education program specifically and how this degree will assist you in your career goals
  • Professional or academic writing sample (5-10 pages, single or double spaced)
    • You do not need to develop a new piece for this submission. Instead, please enclose a solo-authored writing sample developed within the last two years. You may use excerpts from longer pieces as applicable.
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of professional recommendation on letterhead
  • The admission decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to, information contained in the completed application packet described above.

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