Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration

NOTE: University of Maryland University College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Maryland Higher Education Commission has fully approved this program without qualification for out-of-state students. This program is not available to Maryland residents.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration program requires the completion of 48 credits of coursework and successful completion of comprehensive exams and a dissertation. The program is offered online with mandatory limited residencies. Successful completion of a 3-credit prerequisite course (DMGT 600) is required prior to admission to the program. The DMGT 600 requirement may be waived upon review of the personal statement of applicants who have five or more years experience as college administrators, or for applicants who submit a GMAT total score at the 75th percentile or GRE general test (verbal and quantitative sections) scores at the 75th percentile for each section.

Program Description

The Doctor of Management (DM) in Community College Policy and Administration is a program designed for college faculty and administrators who aspire to lead effectively, progress and advance in administrative careers. Designed for busy working professionals, the interactive DM in Community College Policy and Administration program offers maximum flexibility and convenience as well as the practical knowledge and application necessary to excel in today's community college environment. A hybrid program, the DM in Community College Policy and Administration is predominantly distance learning with nine on-site residencies, which typically last two to three days, one during each semester of study.

The program includes an embedded career coaching component, developed and led by current and former community college presidents and senior executives.  Students work with the coach to apply course content and leadership assessment tools to their own practice and to prepare for and succeed in moving to the next step in their careers after the doctorate is earned.

Program Highlights

By combining an exceptional curriculum with student accessibility and a distinguished faculty, UMUC's DM in Community College Policy and Administration helps students to progress promptly to the completion of their doctoral degree and to the enhanced job opportunities that holding the degree will provide.

Students of the program benefit from:

  • Cohort Program. In the DM in Community College Policy and Administration program, students work together in the same group throughout the entire program and build a virtual community.
  • Integrated Program. Courses are taken in a specific order to build consistency across the program. What is learned in one seminar gives a solid foundation for what is learned in the next one.
  • Course Format. Each course is taught in an online environment with a two- to three-day residency requirement during each semester.
  • Competencies. The program includes leadership assessment and executive coaching to help tailor the program to individual student needs.
  • Outstanding Faculty. Our faculty all have extensive experience in senior level leadership in community college environments, possess doctoral degrees and have authored many articles dealing with higher education and community college leadership.
  • Class Size. Each cohort has no more than 25 students and usually fewer than that.
  • Practitioner Dissertation. The program's dissertation process focuses on students linking the scholarship of management research and practice to applied issues in community colleges. The dissertation is directly relevant to the student's day-to-day work and helps to prepare the student for leadership advancement.
  • Three-Year Degree. This program can be completed in three years, including dissertation.
  • Career coaching. Benefit from career coaching by former community college presidents throughout your time at the program.

Program Requirements

  • Maryland residents may not currently apply for this program.
  • Minimum of 48 credits required for completion of the program, including 36 credits of academic content courses and 12 credits of dissertation courses (only one course per term allowed and courses must be taken in the required sequence shown below)
  • Comprehensive exams are taken after selected academic content courses
  • UCSP 815 (Introduction to Library Research Skills) must be taken in the first term of doctoral study
  • One mandatory (two-day) on-site residency per term required
  • No transfer credits are accepted
  • Seven years allotted time for completion of the program

Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration - Course Requirements

UCSP 815 Introduction to Library Research Skills for Doctoral Studies (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

Prerequisite Course

DMGT 600 Foundations of Doctoral Study (3)

Required Courses

  • DMCC 810 Leadership and Change(6)
  • DMCC 800 Foundations of Management Theory (6)
  • DMCC 830 Research Methods (6)
  • DMCC 890 Dissertation Part I (4)
  • DMCC 821 Higher Education Policy (6)
  • DMCC 891 Dissertation Part II (4)
  • DMCC 841 Institutional Assessment in the Community College Environment (6)
  • DMCC 851 Community College Advocacy, Advancement, and Entrepreneurism (6)
  • DMCC 892 Dissertation Part III (4)


While the majority of coursework is completed online, students must also participate in some mandatory residencies (on-site course meetings).  For the convenience of students, these residencies, or in-person meetings, are generally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Note: This page has been updated since the 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog was printed. Please return to this page for the most up-to-date information.

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Full-time faculty and staff of American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) member colleges may qualify for a 25 percent discount on tuition for the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration program. The discount is not available to students who have been awarded a UMUC scholarship.

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Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration

Residency Dates

  • Summer 2016:
    Friday, June 24, and
    Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Fall 2016:
    Friday, November 4, and
    Saturday, November 5, 2016

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