This Higher Education (HE) track program prepares you with a solid foundation in the history, philosophy, sociology, and organizational theory of higher education. Together, in a community of diverse and accomplished learners, you will dive deep into empirical research and policy analysis to understand higher education’s field-specific systems, issues, and practices. You will produce your own original research, advancing the field and contributing to the growth, vitality, and sustainability of our institutions.
Our department’s specializations include administration and organization, policy, student affairs, equity-oriented change, and research integrity.
The doctoral program in Higher Education prepares you for a career as a faculty member, policy analyst, administrative leader, and researcher. This is a scholarly degree where you will be trained to produce exceptional, original research.
Doctoral students in Higher Education gain the capacity to:
72 credits (48 credits of coursework + 24 thesis credits) completed in 3-5 years for full time students.
OLPD Departmental Core
Higher Education Program Core
Thesis credits (24 credits)
I was drawn to OLPD because it allowed me to pursue coursework and projects using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and I continue to love being part of this department because of the faculty and colleagues who were incredibly welcoming from the beginning and have been very supportive and genuinely invested in my work.
Daniel Greenberg, PhD 2020
Application deadline: December 1 for a Fall semester start.
Fall semester start only.
Applicants may only apply to one OLPD track.
Applications are not complete until ALL required materials and fees have been received. If anything is missing, your application may not be considered. It is strongly recommended to apply at least two weeks before any submission deadlines.
Applications are processed by the Graduate School. A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the department's admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by Graduate School officials.
Detailed guide for online application [PDF]
Degree: Master's degree or equivalent
GPA: Undergraduate 3.0; Graduate 3.5
Note: Applicants should not submit GRE scores, as they will not be considered in the review process.
TOEFL/IELTS Scores (Not required for U.S. students):
Readmission: OLPD students who have become inactive must follow the readmission procedures.
Tuition information: CEHD |
Financial aid: CEHD | OneStop
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