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Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration Curriculum

The Ph.D. provides for an enhanced focus on research and content knowledge. Doctoral students will also identify a cognate and complete three related graduate courses outside of the department in an area supporting their individual research interests. Consult the Ph.D. Program Plan (Word) for more information. 

Sample Plan of Study

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ELPS 882 Higher Education in the U.S. 3
ELPS 884 Research on College Students 3
ELPS 980 Postsecondary Finance 3
ELPS 998 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 3
ELPS 986 Governance & Administration of Higher Education 3
EDUC 800 Education as a Field of Study 3
  Elective Courses 9
  Elective #1 3
  Elective #2 3
  Elective #3 3
  Cognate Courses 9
  Cognate Elective #1 3
  Cognate Elective #2 3
  Cognate Elective #3 3
  Research Courses 15
EPSY 710/711 Introduction to Statistical Analysis & Lab 4
EPSY 810 Regression & ANOVA: General Linear Models 3
ELPS 871 Introduction to Qualitative Research 3
  Advanced Methods/Stats Course  3
  Applied Research Course 3
  Dissertation Courses 18
ELPS 969 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar  
ELPS 999 Dissertation Credit Hours  
  MINIMUM PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS 66

Additional Requirements:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research requirement (included in EDUC 800)
  • Post-comprehensive exam enrollment
  • Ph.D. students are expected to engage in scholarly activities outside of the classroom. At a minimum, PhD students should
    • Year 1 – attend a scholarly conference (ASHE or AERA)
    • Work on a research project with a faculty member
    • Year 2 – prepare and submit a scholarly conference proposal
    • Year 3 – present a scholarly paper at a research conference

Review the Program Structure details.


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Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistant(s) needed to teach the following:

  • ELPS 301. Educational Technology in Elementary-Middle Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 302. Educational Technology in Middle/Secondary Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 250. Education and Society. 3 Hours. AE41/AE51.

Learn more & apply here. (pdf)