The Higher Education Management program is committed to advancing scholarship, research, and practice in the field of higher education. Designed for domestic and international students who aspire to careers as scholar-researchers, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree prepares students for positions as university faculty, researchers at educational think tanks and major policy institutes, and as leaders of administrative units with teaching and research responsibilities. Students pursuing a PhD in higher education have research interests ranging from student access to student outcomes, diversity and equity, international and comparative education, administration and management, and policy studies.
Students pursuing the PhD degree have widespread opportunities to engage closely with and learn from faculty who conduct cutting-edge research in the field and who have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching. Students are afforded the opportunity to work with faculty members to conduct research, present at professional conferences, and publish prior to the completion of their degrees. The faculty have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and do both applied and basic research, all with a focus on improving educational outcomes.
The PhD degree program in higher education includes a core set of courses designed for students to gain an understanding of historical, political, philosophical, and social elements that shape and continue to reshape higher education. These courses include Higher Education Administration, the Politics and History of Higher Education, Higher Education Research Frameworks and Theory, and Higher Education Policy and Issues. These courses are complemented by core courses within the department of Administrative and Policy Studies designed to ground students in the study education as a discipline. Students develop an area of research specialization within the field of higher education and take other courses at the School of Education as well as courses outside of the school that complement their specialization. In addition, through a strong focus within the program on rigorous methodological training, students gain competency in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and take advanced courses in the methodological approaches they plan to utilize in their research.