Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership in Mental Health and Human Services (EdD)

HBU Online Learning Program

About the Degree

The need for mental health caregivers is great. To guide those on the front lines, and to formulate effective programs to answer the needs presented by crisis and trauma, the HBU Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership in Mental Health and Human Services degree program prepares graduates to serve in mental health services management roles. These professionals will help develop, deliver and oversee services to those in community and institutional settings.

Clinical, academic and spiritual considerations are all central in the strong doctorate program. With a Christian faith foundation, HBU enables learners to explore healing and wholeness outcomes from a whole-person perspective. Program professors and presenters are seasoned professionals who have both the practical and research experience to guide high-level students.

This program is 100% online.

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Credit Requirements

The doctoral program consists of 63 credit hours with 26 hours in core leadership courses, 19 hours in core research courses, and 18 hours in executive mental health and human services leadership.

Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is designed for those individuals who have already demonstrated leadership potential in the mental health field. The program will admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for the EdD degree program and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as community mental health leaders. Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be granted annually on a competitive basis.

The admissions standards for the Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership in Mental Health and Human Services will be the same as the Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership, and the Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership and Special Education Leadership. These requirements are listed below.

  • Official Transcripts – Applicants must provide official transcripts from institutions awarding the master’s degree. Transcripts must show completion of a master’s degree. A minimum grade point average is required for courses applied toward a master’s degree.
  • Master’s Research Paper – Applicants must submit a 5-7 page master’s level research paper that was written and graded during their master’s program.  The submission must be a research paper covering any topic and should be authored only by the applicant.
  • Resume & Service Record – Applicants must provide a current resume and service record. Applicants must have completed at least three (3) full-time professional years at an accredited school, university or agency.
  • References – Applicants must provide reference information for the following:
    • Two (2) administrators from the school district or agency at a current place of employment (References from university administrators from former places of employment may be accepted. Include an explanation.)
    • One (1) current or former graduate professor (References from alternate administrators may be accepted. Include an explanation.)
  • Processing fee – Applicants will be required to submit a $35 processing fee, payable online at, or by check or money order, to The Graduate School, Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX, 77074.
  • Admission Interview – Applicants must complete an interview as part of the admission process.
  • Other items may be requested.

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