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PhD in Educational Studies

Concentration in Higher Education

The PhD in Higher Education is for post-Master’s degree students who are interested in preparing for service and leadership in a broad range of roles in Colleges and Universities. Program graduates will understand the administrative, political, financial, legal, and socio-cultural aspects of higher education and be prepared to be change agents in 21st century institutions of post-secondary education, including community colleges, 4-year degree granting institutions, and comprehensive graduate and professional degree granting universities. In addition to core coursework, students will have the opportunity to specialize by taking a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework in an area of professional interest. Additionally, focused internships working with professionals in their field of interest will provide students with mentorship and real-world experience.

Students in the PhD in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Higher Education degree program attend courses both in person and online via WebEx. Quality and rigor are key components of all courses, leading students to challenge current assumptions and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and work in a Higher Education environment. Curriculum and experiences are designed to offer real-world interactions and build highly marketable skill sets for a variety of Higher Education career paths. A 7-10 day study abroad experience will build global capacities by providing interested students with in-depth understanding of Higher Education practices and philosophies from outside the United States.

Students interested in full-time funding opportunities for the PhD in Higher Education cohort beginning in Fall 2020 should apply for application as soon as possible and no later than December 1, 2019. Contact Dr. Christine Kiracofe for more information.

March 30, 2020 is the deadline for consideration for Fall 2020 admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

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Course Content Information or Blackboard:
Contact Dr. Christine Kiracofe.
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Purdue Online Learning purdueonline@purdue.edu
Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000

This program is designed to accommodate full-time workers. I did not have to resign from my position to pursue my doctorate. After a couple months into the program, I can attest to the rigor of the program and most importantly the real-world experiences that we gain through different case studies. There are so many opportunities to do research or even publish a research article in the very first semester into the program.

Sam Mombou