As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, this program is undergoing redesign and is not available to new students for the 2021–2022 academic year. Please e-mail Monica Graham for information about the current status of the program.

For reference, the program requirements outlined below are for students who enrolled in the 2019–2020 academic year. Prior year academic requirements are available in our catalog archive.

Designed for college faculty and administrators who aspire to lead effectively and advance in administrative careers, the unique concentration in community college policy and administration 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.

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/UPS/FedEx/DHL:
    UMGC Student Records
    3501 University Blvd. East
    Adelphi, MD 20783

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 UMGC'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

UMGC 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 UMGC's doctoral programs and have not been awarded a UMGC 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 UMGC, 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.

FAQs: About the Program

How does the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration compare to a PhD? +

A PhD is a discipline-oriented research degree with a narrow focus designed to train you for roles as researchers or faculty members in a specific academic area. The Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration develops higher-order thinking and conceptual skills through an interdisciplinary orientation and prepares you to apply evidence-based research in practical management situations. The traditional career path for a PhD graduate is in the academic world, while the traditional career path for a graduate of this program is that of a practitioner in specialties associated with higher education.

If I receive my Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration, will I be able to teach at the college/university level? +

The Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration is a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university. That is typically one of the requirements for teaching in higher education. Graduates of this program teach at the college/university level, and some have full-time faculty positions at teaching colleges/universities in the positions of dean, vice president, and community college president. However, this program is not designed for students who aspire to earn tenure-track positions at research universities. Individuals with this goal may wish to consider pursuing a specialized PhD.

FAQs: Applying to the Program

What makes a strong candidate for the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration? +

A strong DMCCPA program candidate

  • Is motivated to apply research to community college practice in organizations
  • Has achieved significant leadership and supervisory management experience
  • Exhibits strong writing skills, including the ability to support arguments with properly cited reference sources
  • Possesses the intellectual curiosity to undertake extensive reading, research, and scholarly discussions
  • Has the time management skills to complete a rigorous doctoral program effectively

How many credits do I need to take to receive my Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration? +

All students in this program must take 48 credits to complete the program (nine courses). All courses must be taken in the structured order. There are six academic content courses (6 credits each) and four dissertation courses (4 credits each). Students can only enroll in one doctoral course per term.

Are GRE or GMAT scores required for this program? +

No. Neither the GRE nor the GMAT is required for this program.

Are transfer credits accepted in this program? +

No. This program does not accept transfer credits.

Can I pursue this program while employed full-time? +

Yes. We have designed the Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration program specifically for students who are working full-time. Most students in the program are working full-time. You can expect to spend approximately 20+ hours per week on your studies.

Can I take doctoral-level courses provisionally or without applying and receiving an acceptance letter? +

No. Doctoral-level courses are not available for enrollment until you are officially accepted into the program. A completed application, including supplemental documents, is required to be considered for enrollment.

FAQs: Program Completion

How long will it take me to complete my doctoral degree? +

Highly motivated students can complete the 48-credit degree program, including the dissertation, in three years. However, time required to complete the degree will vary depending upon individual progress and individual circumstances while enrolled in the program. All nine courses must be taken in the structured order and only one course per term is allowed. You are granted seven years to complete the program; however, the average completion time remains at four years.

Are all courses in this program offered every term? +

No. Not every course in the program is offered every term.

Can I take more than one doctoral course per term? +

No. Students can only enroll in one doctoral course per term.

Are courses in this program offered in the summer? +

Yes. Courses in this program are offered three times per year: spring, summer and fall.

How often does the mandatory residency occur throughout the DMCCPA program? +

Doctoral students are required to attend a mandatory on-site residency each term on campus, typically held in the sixth or seventh week of the term. These on-site residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of classroom instruction. Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term.

Otherwise, if you are unable to meet these requirements, you must defer enrollment until the next available term. You can complete three courses within a calendar year with a total of three visits per year to UMGC.

How do students follow their cohort through the doctoral program? +

Upon acceptance into the doctoral program, students are expected to make progress through each course in a common group called a cohort. As they progress through the program together, they build helpful working relationships with one another and support one another's development. Beyond their cohort, students in the doctoral program are also members of the broader practitioner-scholar learning community that includes other doctoral students, UMGC faculty, and doctoral alumni.

FAQs: Other

Is UMGC accredited? +

Yes. UMGC is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, UMGC is a public state university in the University System of Maryland.

Is UMGC accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International? +

UMGC has not sought AACSB International accreditation because AACSB only applies accreditation to business schools, not individual programs.

Are UMGC Library resources available to applicants and prospective students? +

No. Due to licensing restrictions, only currently enrolled UMGC students have remote access to the UMGC Library's online databases.

What is APA style? +

The American Psychological Association developed APA citation style to help establish standards for scholarly communication. By following APA citation guidelines, you will give proper credit to authors whose ideas you are using in your own work. In a research paper, you will use the following two types of citations:

  • In-text citations are brief statements of credit that appear in the body of your paper.
  • Reference citations provide more detailed information about the sources that you used and appear at the end of your paper, in your references list.