Become a scholar-practitioner with a Doctor of Management in community college policy and administration, a program that fits your life and can transform your potential to lead change in higher education.

The unique Doctor of Management in community college policy and administration from University of Maryland University College offers exceptional scholarship, intimate cohorts, online courses, short residencies, distinguished faculty, and dissertation support in a program that can be completed within three years. Plus, you'll gain knowledge you can apply right away to your current professional environment.

You'll work together in the same group of about 15–20 students throughout the entire program and build a virtual community, while benefiting from leadership assessments and executive coaching, developed and led by current and former community college presidents and senior executives.

With a highly respected credential, sophisticated knowledge, and an accomplished dissertation, you'll emerge from the program with the tools to transform student achievement and successfully guide community colleges into the essential role they will play in the future of higher education.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration

We've developed the community college policy and administration curriculum in conjunction with community college presidents and senior executives to help you pursue the highest level of leadership and management knowledge.. Your courses and residencies will focus on building your leadership competencies, policy expertise, and the skills you need to support dissertation research.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Lead change in a rapidly changing sector of higher education
  • Advocate for the needs of community colleges and students at local, state, and federal levels
  • Apply indicators of institutional effectiveness to all sectors of community college operations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Undergo guided dissertation development, exploring various research methods for the dissertation
  • Explore topics in leadership and management theory, higher education policy, and community college advancement
  • Interview current community college administrators to expand their understanding of key issues and management practice
  • Perform a guided analysis of the budgets and alternative revenue sourcing of their own community college
  • Prepare advocacy materials and engage in an advocacy visit to congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Doctorate Courses

Core Courses

  • DMCC 810
  • DMCC 800
  • DMCC 830
  • DMCC 890
  • DMCC 821
  • DMCC 891
  • DMCC 841
  • DMCC 851
  • DMCC 892

About the Dissertation

Through the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration, you'll learn how to conduct and use evidence-based research to make data-informed decisions for management challenges in higher education. Your dissertation will include a systematic review of a complex issue or problem in the community college environment. Most students choose to apply the results of their dissertation research to their home institutions.

Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • Neil Soriano Bagadiong: "Leadership Development for Aspiring Community College Presidents"
  • Catharine D. Almquist: "Time-Compressed Courses and Student Success: Evidence and Application in the Community College"
  • Paul C. Jackson: "Improving Practitioners' Effectiveness as Adjunct Educators Through Comprehensive Training and Development"
  • Jocelyn Eager Sirkis: "A Theoretical Model for Designing an In-House Community College Department Chair Professional Development Program"

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help community college faculty and administrators and other professionals who are interested in leading and advancing in upper-administrative careers in community colleges.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend community college work experience and management experience in a community college. You will need graduate-level academic reading and writing skills before entering this writing-intensive doctoral program. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and is based on a combination of all requirements. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

You must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited university or college (equivalent degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed application for admission
  • An up-to-date resume
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of reference, sent by the evaluator to, using our doctorate recommendation form.

Please send all admissions documents to

  • U.S. Postal Mail (please use this mailing address):
    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    Attn: DM Admissions
    3501 University Blvd. East
    Adelphi, MD 20783
  • UPS or FedEx Packages (please use this mailing address):
    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    Attn: DM Admissions
    1616 McCormick Drive
    Largo, MD 20774

All materials are due by the doctoral program application deadline:

  • Spring: December 15
  • Fall: August 15

There is no doctoral term in the summer.

Personal Statement Details

In your personal statement, you must

  • Explain how your professional managerial, supervisory, and leadership experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (one page)
  • Describe your specific area of management interest, and explain how conducting research in this management area will help you fulfill your career objectives (one page)
  • Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (one page)
  • Include in-text citations throughout your personal statement, where applicable

State-Specific Details

This program is not available to residents of Maryland. However, this program has an on-site component that meets in Maryland once per term. See the Additional Information section for details.

Additional Information

Residency Requirements

You will be required to attend one on-site residency each term on UMUC's campus in Adelphi, Maryland. These mandatory residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of eight-hour, face-to-face classroom instruction. This time can include instructor-led lectures, guest lectures, cohort discussions, and presentations of class assignments. Residencies provide an excellent forum for discussion, peer support, networking, and deepened scholarship. The intensive, concentrated format leads to enhanced collegial bonds between students.

Residencies are held at the College Park Inn and Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD 20783.

AACC Doctoral Discount

UMUC is pleased to offer a 25 percent doctoral tuition discount to full-time employees and staff members of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions. The discount is only available to students who are enrolled in UMUC's doctoral programs and have not been awarded a UMUC scholarship. The discount does not apply to our doctoral prerequisite and post-doctorate courses: DMG 600, DBA 600, and DMGT 899. The discount does apply to all 6-credit courses and 4-credit dissertation courses.

To verify your employment, you must submit your most recent paystub from an eligible AACC institution for each semester you are enrolled within 10 days of the start of the semester. The paystub may be submitted to Monica Graham, academic specialist, via e-mail at or fax 240-684-2404. When you apply to UMUC, please select "Employee – CC Alliance Institute" as your special program on the electronic application. If you have completed your application and neglected to select CCAI, please e-mail the New Student Advising Office at to request that your application be coded accordingly.