The Ph.D. in Higher Education program is versatile and allows students to concentrate in one of several areas, depending on each person's educational and career goals. Our departmental partnership with educational psychology means that doctoral students get a combination of content and methodological coursework and research opportunities that span individual leadership to organizational levels, embodied within the following three emphasis areas: university and community college leadership; student affairs leadership and; higher education policy and planning.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Engage in theory based, data driving decision making within the higher education context.
  • Undertake leadership and research positions in two and four-year College and University settings.
  • Discuss and articulate an informed perspective on several issues in higher education (e.g., policy, finance, law, etc.).
  • Discuss the historical and philosophical influences that have guided the evolution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding participation in the academy as a professor in higher education.

Career Possibilities

  • University and college faculty
  • Community college faculty
  • Administrative positions in higher education
  • Employee training specialists
  • Program evaluators


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Doctor of Philosophy - Higher Education


Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education

The Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education delivers and provides instruction in innovative research that informs the educational process from early childhood through higher education. Our curriculum prepares graduates for leadership positions in diverse settings and roles, provides foundational support for programs across the university, and investigates educational policy to inform practice in P-12 through higher education.


College of Education

The College of Education creates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. With four unique departments, graduates receive the necessary tools and experiences to make an impact on local, national, and global scales.