Degree Title and Name: Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education
Program Name and Number: Higher Education – PH6276
Department/Unit: Counseling and Higher Education
Traditional Program: Athens Campus
Executive Program: Alternates between Athens Campus and Regional Campus
Term(s) of Entry:
Traditional Program: Fall, Spring, Summer
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
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/education/counseling-higher-education/higher-ed-doctorate
- Minimum of 60 credit hours above masters degree, with no grades below a B-
- Three (3) credit hours of practicum (field study)
- Comprehensive examination
- Core Courses: EDHE 7860, EDHE 7850, EDHE 7850, EDCP 7250, EDHE 6885, EDHE 7790, EDHE 7810
- Elective Courses: EDHE 7820, EDCP 7430, EDHE 7210, EDHE 7390, EDHE 7780, EDCP 7470C
- Dissertation: EDHE 7850 (Dissertation/12 hours)
Culminating Experience: All students must complete and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation.
Admission Requirements: Portfolio Admission Review; GRE required; 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.