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The PhD in Education with a concentration in Higher Education/Student Affairs prepares forward-thinking educators who focus upon the important roles that institutions of higher education (IHEs) play to support our diverse communities.

As a student in this program, you may aspire to be university faculty whose area of expertise and research centers on IHEs: their histories, structures, norms, governance, practices, policies and impact. You might also aspire to assume a leadership position at an IHE, such as a university president, dean of student affairs, chief equity or financial officer, vice-president of university communications or advancement, and the like. As a graduate of the program, you will understand how to utilize existing research and create new insights to address the most pressing questions facing IHEs today.

The School of Educational Studies understands education through a lens of educational equity and social justice. We believe that while colleges and universities are a microcosm of society itself (where biases and oppression can and do play out), they can also simultaneously be agents of change that disrupt historical discrimination and advance practices and ideologies rooted in individual and community wellbeing.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

72 units

4-7 years (depending upon full- or part-time status)

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

PhD in Education

Featured Courses

EDUC 457
Economics & Finance of Higher Education

Explores methods for practical and essential understanding of the financial nuances and current challenges of higher education.

EDUC 459
Historical Foundations in Higher Education

Explores major trends in American higher education from colonial times to the present in political, social, and economic contexts within which American higher education has evolved.

EDUC 657
Access & Equity in Higher Education

Introduces the research, theoretical, and practical issues surrounding access to college and equity in higher education institutions as they relate to racial/ethnic minority groups and socioeconomic status.

EDUC 548
Higher Education & the Law

Examines the legal underpinnings of our postsecondary colleges and universities, and explores how such institutions evolved in a legal context and how federal and state regulations came into play on campuses. Also explores legal concepts in individual college settings and the issues affecting the relationships and interests of the various members of the campus community.

EDUC 481
Organization, Administration & Governance in American Higher Education

Explores how institutions of higher education are organized and governed, including the contexts that shape different organizational structures within administrative units, as well as contemporary issues that higher education institutions must contend with.

EDUC 461
The College Student Experience

Explores literature, theory, and research on the increasing diversity of college students, identity issues in college, factors that influence success, and implications for practice in college and universities.

Program Features

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