Jun 20, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Higher Education - PHD

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Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Higher Education – PH6276

Department of Counseling and Higher Education

McCracken Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979

Delivery Mode

Traditional Program: Athens Campus

Executive Program: Alternates between Athens Campus and Regional Campus

Terms of Entry

Traditional Program: Fall

Executive Program: Every other year in the Fall Semester

Program Overview

Programs in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs focus on administration and teaching at the collegiate level. In administration, the higher education program focuses on preparing individuals for leadership positions in various functional areas within higher education and student affairs. Required coursework examines the background of higher education and student affairs, the study of internal organizational standards, policy perspectives, and the principles of finance and governance. In college teaching, the program assists students in examining pedagogy and curriculum development on the collegiate level. Coursework provides an opportunity to examine the theory and practice of college teaching, the professoriate, academic management, professional development, and the nature of students and the collegiate environment.

The Higher Education and Student Affairs doctoral programs are offered both as a weekend, Executive Ph.D. program for working professionals, and traditional on-campus program. The Executive program requires three years of coursework, followed by a comprehensive examination and dissertation. The traditional Athens campus program can be enrolled either part-time or full-time. Full-time students normally complete coursework in two years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain an advanced understanding of historical and contemporary higher education dynamics and issues
  • Students will learn to critically discuss and evaluate relevant higher education policy and conceptual and theoretical literature
  • Students will acquire advanced tools and methods for leading higher education institutions and agencies
  • Students will acquire the necessary skills to design and conduct original research

Further Information

Link to Program:  https://www.ohio.edu/education/counseling-higher-education/higher-ed-doctorate

Admission Requirements

Portfolio Admission Review and Faculty interview. Priority consideration is given to applications completed by February 1.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete 60 credit hours above the master’s degree, with no grades below a B-.

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