The Higher Education program prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership in colleges and universities as administrators, educators, and scholars. Through an examination of higher education theory and practice, the program seeks to help students understand the diverse nature of higher education institutions and their participants. With this understanding, graduates are expected to develop individualized styles of leadership that encompass educational excellence, respect for others, and contextualized practices.
Since higher education is an interdisciplinary field, we accept students with master's degrees from a variety of disciplines into our PhD program. However, students with no background in higher education may be required to complete additional course work and/or outside experiences.
Fifty-Three (53) hours are required beyond the Masters of Arts degree.
Department Core 17 Credits
ELRC 7299 Intro to Scholarship in Education 3
ELRC 7910 Traditions of Inquiry in Education 3
ELRC 7006 Educational Statistics 4
ELRC 7241 Educational Research Methodology 3
ELRC 7243 Qualitative Methods in Ed Research 4
Concentration: Higher Education 21 Credits
ELRC 7603 Leadership in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7600 Race and Gender in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7601 Foundations of Higher Education 3
Additional research course selected with advisor’s approval
ELRC 9000 Dissertation Research 9
Specialization (courses listed below can be used for this area) 15 Credits
ELRC 4364 Student Affairs Administration 3
ELRC 7404 Internship 3
ELRC 7602 Admin, Org Structure and Behavior in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7604 Policy and Politics in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7605 Law in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7606 Curriculum and College Teaching 3
ELRC 7607 Finance in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7609 Strategic Planning in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7610 Assessment/Evaluation in Higher Ed 3
ELRC 7611 College Students in the U.S. 3
ELRC 76XX Student Development Theory 3
ELRC 7613 Community College Admin 3
ELEC 7615 Desegregation in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7800 Economics in Education 3
ELRC 7890 Special Topics (Topic Varies) 3
• Independent study courses may not be substituted for any course offered within the Specialization, and all concentration courses must be chosen in consultation with and approved by your advisor
• Electives, cognate Area, or minor as needed
• Independent study courses may be elected if no other learning opportunities are available.
• All electives must be chosen in consultation with your advisor.
• Continuous enrollment is required beyond 9 hours until completion of degree.
Contact for students seeking more information:
Roland Mitchell, Ph.D.
121D Peabody Hall