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Higher Education Administration

Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at KU

ELPS students

Note: Effective spring of 2021, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies made major changes to the program structure and curriculum for its PhD concentrations.  Please see the attached document for the most current and accurate information about the program.  Pending a major upgrade to KU's entire website, we have not made changes to the individual links associated with the PhD in Higher Education Administration.  The program structure and curriculum links on the left navigation bar are incorrect.  If you have questions, please contact Argun Saatcioglu (argun@ku.edu), associate professor, before applying to the program.


Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU's Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration is offered through the KU School of Education and Human Sciences, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Public Education Schools.
  • Vibrant Campus Environment - In the heart of the United States, the city of Lawrence revolves around the University and its students. Learn more about Joseph R. Pearson Hall.
  • Graduate Student Funding - A degree from the KU School of Education and Human Sciences will be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Let us help you afford it.

Let us know you are interested.

*This program is a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in higher education administration.

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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)