Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Higher Education, PhD

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 63 (beyond the Master's degree)

Required Core
HESA 6603Organizational Theory and Administration of the Higher Education Organization3
HESA 6823Educational Leadership3
Hours Subtotal6
Inquiry Core
HESA 6853Research Traditions in Higher Education and Student Affairs 13
SCFD 6123Qualitative Research I3
REMS 5953Statistical Methods in Education3
REMS 6003Analyses of Variance 23
Select 3 hours from the following: 23
Multiple Regression Analysis in Behavioral Studies 2
Qualitative Research II 2
Hours Subtotal15
Higher Education Administration Option
Required Core
HESA 6233Critical Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs3
HESA 6463Higher Education Law3
HESA 6553Public Policy and Higher Education3
HESA 6703Finance in Higher Education3
HESA 6753Historical Development of Higher Education3
Elective or Cognate 3
Select 6 hours from the following (or other courses approved by the doctoral committee): 36
Assessment Techniques for Higher Education and Student Affairs Professionals
College Student Sexuality
International Issues in Higher Education
Internship in Higher Education and Student Affairs I
Institutional Research and Policy Analysis
The Impact of College on Students and Society
The U.S. Two-Year/Community College
Effective Teaching in College and Universities
Planning and Educational Change
College and University Presidency
The Academic Department
Directed Readings in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Diversity and Equity Issues in Education
Hours Subtotal21
Independent Research/Dissertation
Minimum of 21 hours21
Directed Readings in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Dissertation Proposal Writing
Doctoral Dissertation (Minimum of 15 hours)
Hours Subtotal21
Total Hours63

NOTE: A set of additional committee- or faculty-approved developmental activities, termed "residency," are required.


HESA 6853 must be successfully completed prior to all research coursework.


Denotes classes with prerequisites.


Electives and any additional courses must be approved by the student's committee.

Graduate College Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Requirements

Learn more about Graduate College 2023-2024 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Program Requirements. Check the General Graduate College academic regulations for minimal GPA, language proficiency and other general requirements.