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Higher Education Leadership Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education and Human Resource Studies – Higher Education Leadership Specialization

Requirements and Curriculum


  • A minimum of 30 credits of higher education administrative curriculum
  • A minimum of 30 credits of research
  • Comprehensive exams, both written and oral
  • Juried publication submission or presentation
  • Dissertation


With an emphasis on applied knowledge and a specific focus on universities and colleges, you learn from renowned faculty and experienced higher education administration professionals.


  • Provides a comprehensive doctoral curriculum that develops the competencies needed to successfully and ethically lead higher education institutions
  • Develops research knowledge and skills to enable practitioners and administrators to become scholars/practitioners who expand the knowledge base related to higher education organizations, practice, and outcomes
  • Instills and/or reinforces a commitment to the crucial engagement of diversity
  • Explores ways to strengthen a commitment to access, learning, institutional mission, quality, and educational outcomes

Year One

Year Two

Additional research course, if required:
EDRM 606 – Principles: Quantitative Data Analysis (3 cr.).

Year Three

Year Four

You may work on your dissertation in the Fall and Spring as required. Work can continue in Summer and Fall if you are not finished.

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