PhD - Education: Higher Education Leadership

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education program is designed to explore the complex issues specific to community colleges and 4-year postsecondary institutions. Read on to find out more about this program now.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the organizational atmosphere of private and public colleges and universities. You will have the opportunity to examine the impact of higher education regulations, educational technology, and institutional accreditation. Other topics addressed include student recruitment, retention and services management. Courses are also designed to cover relevant financial topics, including higher education costs and budgeting techniques. To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete a comprehensive exam and write a complete theoretical dissertation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to this program, you should have earned a master's degree from an accredited institution. You should have an interest in working with others and helping them achieve their personal and educational goals. Classes will also require you to be competent with computers and have access to one on a regular basis.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To complete this program, you will be required to complete 60 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 6 will be from foundational courses, 21 will be from research courses, 18 will be from specialization courses, three will be from an examination course, and 12 will be from dissertation courses.

Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Foundational Courses
EDU8000-8 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Education
EDU8001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Research Courses
EDU8002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU8003-8 Statistics I
EDU8202-8 Research Design
EDU8005-8 Qualitative Research Design
EDU8006-8 Statistics II
EDU8007-8 Quantitative Methods
EDU8207-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Specialization Courses
Select 6 courses from the following:
LHE7004-8 Organization & Governance of Higher Education
LHE7005-8 Legal Issues in Higher Education
LHE7006-8 Student Affairs Leadership
LHE7007-8 Strategic Enrollment Leadership
LHE7008-8 Higher Education Finance
LHE7010-8 Current Trends & Topics in Higher Education
LHE7011-8 Foundations of Higher Education Leadership
LHE7012-8 Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education
LHE7013-8 Community College Curriculum and Program Development
LHE7014-8 Introduction to the Community College
Examination Course
CMP9500E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS9501E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS9502E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS9503E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS9504E PhD Doctoral Dissertation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After earning the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education, you could seek instructional, research, or administrative opportunities with brick-and-mortar or online colleges. You could also pursue work with community outreach organizations, educational publishing companies, or business corporations.

Depending on your experience, possible career paths could include:

  • Education Professor
  • Student Affairs Director
  • Education Researcher
  • Educational Materials Designer/Producer