Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration

NOTE: University of Maryland University College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 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.

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 (one course per term  allowed)
  • 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.

Program FAQs

Why should I be interested in receiving a Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration (DMCCPA)?

Three out of four current community college presidents responding to an AACC (American Association of Community Colleges) survey indicated that they expected to retire before 2022—along with thousands of other top administrators. To step into one of these significant leadership roles, you will need a wide range of knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate a rapidly changing education environment and to reimagine and revitalize the community college of today to meet the needs of tomorrow. The Doctor of Management (DM) in Community College Policy and Administration from UMUC can help you to be ready for one of these exciting and challenging leadership positions.

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What makes a strong candidate for the DMCCPA program?

A strong candidate for the DMCCPA program

  • Is motivated to apply research to management practice in the community college sector
  • Has significant experience working in a leadership role in a community college or related organization
  • Exhibits strong writing skills including the ability to support arguments with properly cited referenced sources
  • Expresses ideas and concepts in a clear and understandable manner
  • Reflectively interprets and synthesizes information
  • Possesses the intellectual curiosity to undertake the extensive reading, research, scholarly discussions, and written assignments that comprise doctoral-level learning
  • Maintains time management skills to effectively complete a rigorous doctoral program

How does the DMCCPA degree compare to a PhD?

The PhD is a discipline-oriented research degree designed to train students for roles as researchers or faculty members in a specific academic area. The DMCCPA degree develops higher order thinking and conceptual skills through an interdisciplinary orientation and prepares students to apply evidence-based research in practical management situations. The traditional career path for a PhD graduate is as a scholar in the academic world, while the traditional career path for a DMCCPA graduate is as a scholar/practitioner and leader in the community college world.

What are the application requirements?

The requirements for application to the DMCCPA program are

  • Online application to the program
  • An up-to-date resume of your professional and educational experience
  • Personal statement describing your experience, background, areas of interest, and goals. (Read our guidelines for writing your personal statement.)
  • Review and critique of two scholarly articles related to a community college issue or problem
  • Official recommendations, one academic and one professional
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred your graduate degree

Is the UMUC DMCCPA degree accredited?

Yes. UMUC has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for more than 50 years. In addition, UMUC is a state university in the University System of Maryland.

Learn more about UMUC’s regional accreditation.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Highly motivated students can complete the degree, including the dissertation, in three years. Time to degree will vary depending upon individual progress, as well as individual circumstances while enrolled in the program. You are granted seven years to complete the program; however, the average completion time remains at three to four years.

How often does the mandatory residency occur throughout the program?

Doctoral students are required to attend a mandatory on-site residency each term on campus. These on-site residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of eight-hour face-to-face classroom instruction. Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term; otherwise, students must defer enrollment until the following available term. A student can complete three courses within a calendar year with a total of three visits per year to the UMUC campus. DMCCPA courses are offered in Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

How do students follow their 'cohort' through the 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 each other and support each other's development. Beyond their cohort, students in the program are also members of the broader scholar-practitioner learning community that includes other DM students, UMUC faculty, and alumni of the doctoral programs.

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 successful completion of the pre-admission course, DMGT 600, which is the only doctoral-level course that can be taken prior to official admission to the doctoral program. A completed application, including supplemental documents, is required in order to be considered for DMGT 600. (DMGT 600 can be waived for DMCCPA applicants under specific circumstances after review of the application).

How many credits do I need to take to receive my degree?

All DMCCPA students must complete the required 48 credits to complete the program. All courses must be taken in the structured order. Only one course per term is allowed.

Are transfer credits accepted?

No, we do not accept transfer credits.

Are Maryland residents allowed to apply to the DMCCPA Program?

No, Maryland residents are not eligible for the DMCCPA Program.

Can I pursue the DMCCPA degree while employed full time?

Yes. UMUC has designed the doctoral program specifically for students who are working full time. The DMCCPA program consists of three semesters of 4-6 credits per semester. Most students in the program are working full time. Doctoral students can expect to spend approximately 25–35 hours per week on their studies.

How many semesters per year does the DMCCPA program run?

The DMCCPA program has three semesters per year: fall, spring, and summer. However, not all courses are held each term.

Does this program qualify for financial aid?

Yes, financial aid is available. You can contact financial aid at 1-800-888-8682 or request assistance online. Financial aid is only available after official admission to the program. It does not cover the prerequisite course DMGT 600, if required. In addition to financial aid, a student who is a full-time faculty member or staff member at an AACC (American Association of Community Colleges) member college may qualify for a 25% tuition discount—a reduction of approximately $13,000.

What is the background of the DMCCPA faculty?

DMCCPA faculty include five former community college presidents and nationally recognized experts in such community college subject areas as institutional effectiveness, advocacy, and research methodology.  DMCCPA faculty bring a real-world perspective to classroom learning that can be directly applied to a student’s workplace. They are active in national and international community college organizations.

What type of positions do DMCCPA graduates hold?

Most DMCCPA graduates hold leadership positions in community college throughout the United States.  Several graduates are presidents and several have received promotions after completing the DMCCPA program.

If I receive my degree, will I be able to teach at the college/university level?

The DMCCPA degree from UMUC is a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university. That is typically one of the requirements for teaching in higher education. However, the Doctor of Management program is not designed for students who aspire to tenure-track positions at research universities. Individuals with this goal may wish to consider pursuing a specialized PhD degree. The Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration is designed for people who hold, or who aspire to hold, leadership or management positions in the community college or related sector.

Is career assistance available to students?

Each content course in the program has its own career coaching module which students will participate in while pursuing the academic part of the program.  These modules have been designed by in-the-field community college leaders with career counseling training and/or expertise individually and as a group.

Learn more about career services.

Are UMUC's Library Resources available to applicants/prospective students?

No. Due to licensing restrictions, only currently enrolled UMUC students have remote access to the UMUC Library's online databases. Applicants can find scholarly articles by using Google Scholar, the Social Science Research Network, and/or the Directory of Open Access Journals. Local public libraries may also be able to provide access to research databases. Find out how to select a scholarly article.

What are the application deadlines for each semester?

Application deadlines for the DMCCPA program are listed on our Admissions Requirements page.

1 Source:Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020,” Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013.

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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

Mid-Term Residency Dates

  • Fall 2014:
    Friday, October 24, and
    Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Spring 2015:
    Friday, February 27, and
    Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Summer 2015:
    Friday, June 26, and
    Saturday, June 27, 2015

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