PhD in Educational Leadership & Research: Higher Education Administration

Applications for the on-campus PhD in Ed Leadership & Research with a specialization in Higher Education will be accepted for Fall 2020 through April 1, 2020. Students are admitted to the doctoral program annually for the Fall semester only.

Only students already recommended for admission will be invited to interview for graduate assistantships during our annual visiting days to be held February 16-17. The registration for visiting days will close February 1 so interested applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by January 15.

The Higher Education program prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership in colleges and universities as administrators and scholars. Through an examination of higher education theory and practice, the program seeks to help students understand the diverse nature of higher education institutions and their participants. With this understanding, graduates are expected to develop individualized styles of leadership that encompass educational excellence, respect for others, and contextualized practices.

Admission Requirements

Since higher education is an interdisciplinary field, we accept students with master's degrees from a variety of disciplines into our PhD program. However, students with no background in higher education may be required to complete additional course work and/or outside experiences. 

Course Requirements

Fifty-Two (52) hours are required beyond the Masters of Arts degree.   

School Core 6 Credits

ELRC 7299 Intro to Scholarship in Education 3
ELRC 7910 Traditions of Inquiry in Education 3

Research Core 14 Credits

ELRC 7006 Educational Statistics 4   
ELRC 7241 Educational Research Methodology 3
ELRC 7243 Qualitative Methods in Ed Research 4
Additional research course selected with advisor’s approval

Higher Education 24 Credits

Examples of Higher Education Courses Recently Offered
ELRC 7600 Race & Gender in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7601 Foundations of Higher Education 3
ELRC 7604 Policy and Politics in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7607 Finance in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7609 Strategic Planning in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7610 Assessment/Evaluation in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7611 College Students in the U.S. 3
ELRC 7612 Student Development Theory 3
ELRC 7870 Legal Aspects of Education 3
ELRC 7890 Special Topics (Topic Varies) 3

All concentration courses must be chosen in consultation with and approved by your advisor.

Dissertation 9 Credits

Continuous enrollment is required beyond 9 hours until completion of degree. 

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