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EdD in Student Affairs Leadership (Griffin Campus)

This primarily online program provides doctoral-level education for student affairs professionals in Georgia and nationally who are employed full-time and need a part-time doctoral program.

Students who complete the program will lead their institutions in creating enhanced and effective environments conducive to student learning and development. This program aims to:

  • 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
  • Educate scholar practitioners who will lead their institutions in creating enhanced and effective environments conducive to student learning and development
  • 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 Ed.D. in Student Affairs Leadership program is eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The TAP program supports the professional growth of University System of Georgia employees by providing educational assistance.


  1. Perfect for full-time professionals
  2. Three-year online program with occasional on-campus meetings
  3. Candidates with master’s degrees also need at least two to three years of full-time employment to apply


The three-year program (with an optional fourth year, if needed, for dissertation completion) takes place on UGA’s Griffin campus with a one-week intensive program in May on the Athens campus. Students are required to complete two courses each term (fall, spring, and summer).

Most of the coursework is delivered in a blended format using online education (including weekly classes) with face-to-face meetings several times during the semester in Griffin. The program has six full-time and three adjunct faculty members. All are scholars who have worked or are still working in the field of student affairs.

One main feature of this program is supervised internships. These can include special projects within your current job, special university projects, or work in an office other than your own.

You will complete a total of 60 credit hours, which breaks down into six hours per semester, plus an additional six for your last year as preparation for your dissertation. Your first-year coursework includes:

  • Seminar in student affairs administration
  • Advanced theories of college student development
  • Staffing practices in student affairs
  • Legal issues in student affairs
  • Educational research in counseling and human development services

During your second year, your coursework includes:

  • Environmental and facilities management
  • College student outcomes, assessment, and accreditation
  • Organizational development and leadership
  • Applied statistical methods
  • Administrative practices in student affairs
  • Educational research in counseling and human development services

Your third year includes a research seminar, research, and a dissertation.


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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

Completed application due: January 3rd

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Part 2: Apply to the EdD in Student Affairs Leadership (Griffin Campus)

Applicants should have experience and be employed in the field of student affairs or have experience with student services-related roles. This includes two years of full-time work experience in student affairs, post-master’s degree.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate School application
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vita/Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation:
  • one from a professional colleague,
  • one from a faculty member,
  • and one from a Chief Student Affairs Officer or the leadership equivalent

Deadline to Apply

January 25

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

This program offers you valuable and unique features such as:

  • A small size cohort model of study
  • Six full-time and adjunct faculty members who devote their time to instruction in Student Affairs administration
  • Students and faculty who work to form a true learning community focused on synthesizing the theory and practice of Student Affairs
  • Advanced specialized study designed specifically for people committed to careers in Student Affairs
  • A part-time, primarily online program
  • Comparatively affordable options for doctoral education in the nation
  • A belief that higher education should focus on assisting students’ intellectual, psychosocial, and ethical growth

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