Higher Education: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The doctoral program in higher education is designed for current higher education administrators who desire to gain greater knowledge in the area. The program operates on the practitioner/scholar theory, focusing on administrators who desire greater responsibility and opportunities within higher education. While the program's focus is not creating faculty for higher education programs, a few students have successfully followed this path through our program.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • Hold a completed masters degree
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on the course work attempted and a 3.25 graduate grade point average
    • A 2.7 undergraduate grade point average, or 3.0 on the last 60 hours, may allow one to enter on a probationary basis
  • A minimum of two years full-time experience working in higher education after obtaining the masters degree
  • Complete a Graduate School application online which includes official transcripts, and GRE scores (less than five years old with verbal, quantitative, and writing component sub-scores)
  • Upload the following supplemental materials to the Graduate School application:
    • statement of purpose
    • resume
    • contact information for three references
  • Participate in an interview with faculty

Application Deadline for the Ph.D. Program is February 1.

Career Opportunities

The Ph.D. in Higher Education usually prepares individuals for advancement within the institution they currently serve. Graduates from this program have taken on vice-presidencies, directorships, state and federal government positions in various areas and types of institutions. A few have become presidents of institutions.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The program is a residency program on the Oxford Campus.

For More Information

John Holleman
Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education and Program Coordinator
Department of Leadership & Counselor Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
228 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7198
(662) 915-7230 Fax