Higher Education: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. degree in Higher Education is intended for individuals seeking to gain methodological, theoretical, and contextual knowledge related to issues involving post-secondary education and the skills necessary to conduct original, empirical research.
Competitive applicants will possess the following:
- 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
- Three years full-time experience working in higher education after obtaining the master’s 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
- contact information for three references
- Participate in an interview with faculty
Spring Semester admission entrance: October 1 priority admission application deadline. All materials must be in the system by that date.
Fall Semester admission entrance: January 1 priority admission application deadline. All materials must be in the system by that date.
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.