Stephen Thomas


The Ph.D. in Educational Administration–Higher Education prepares highly effective higher education administrators and staff professionals who possess the skills and competencies required to meet the varied challenges facing two-year, four-year and graduate institutions and communities today, and to help shape educational institutions in the future.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA, GRE, goal statement, two letters of recommendation, resume or vita and interview. Admission into the Ph.D. also requires a master's degree.

After admission to the Ph.D. degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee headed by their advisor. Students’ programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate as well as the major.

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The doctoral program in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel prepares administrators at colleges and universities to advance within administration or become faculty. For most students our Ph.D. will be the "last degree" they will ever need. The Ph.D. program is academically rigorous and students are challenged to excel. Their doctoral experience enables them to serve as directors, deans, vice presidents, and presidents at various institutions throughout Ohio, the U.S., and internationally. While pursuing the degree, students also may earn a certificate in College Teaching, Community College Leadership, or International Higher Education.

Courses reserved only for Ph.D. students are offered on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. The program is one of the few in the country that is taught at the doctoral level (i.e., most similar programs are taught primarily for Masters students with perhaps a supplemental assignment for those working on a doctorate, with both Master's and Ph.D. students taught together). Within these advanced "cohort" courses, students have an opportunity to conduct research, write for publication, and prepare for conference presentations. A common core of coursework is required of all students in the program and addresses issues in business administration, curriculum, politics, internationalization, higher education law, and employment law in addition to five courses in research and statistics. Students then select a minimum of five additional elective courses from Higher Education and related fields to address their own unique interests and needs.

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