Doctoral Degree: Educational Policy and Leadership Concentration - Specialization in Higher Education

The Specialization in Higher Education within the Educational Policy and Leadership concentration prepares students for careers as faculty, administrators, and policy analysts and is designed to develop student’s ability to understand and conduct high quality research aimed at improving professional practice, policy, and/or academic scholarship. For more information,

Highlights/Points of Pride

Our alumni serve as College Presidents, Faculty, Vice Chancellors of Student Affairs, and well as in other midlevel and entry-level higher education positions.

Our recent publicationshave appeared in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of College and Character, The Journal of American College Health, NACADA Journal, The International Journal of Doctoral Studies and the Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Our research topics include higher education access, millennial students, doctoral education, the nature of student affairs at community colleges, collaboration, adult learners, faculty life, research methods employed by higher education scholars, social-sexual norms and behaviors, and political economy and critical social theory in higher education.

Program of Study

The Program of Study for theHigher Education Specialization in the Educational Policy and Leadership Doctoral Concentration comprises 42 credits plus a dissertation credits as follows:

Six (6) required Educational Policy and Leadership Concentration Core and research courses totaling 18 credits consisting of:

  • One (1) Educational Policy and Leadership Concentration Core course (taken in the first doctoral degree semester)
  • One (1) course in the Varieties of Social Thought Core Area
  • One (1) course in the Leadership and Management Core Area
  • Three (3) research methods courses

Four (4) courses in the Higher Education Specialization Core Area totaling 12 credits

Four (4) Higher Education Elective courses totaling 12 credits

With the required eighteen (18) dissertation credits, the total number of required credits is 60.

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Concentration Coordinator:  Ryan Wells (Associate Professor)

Associated Faculty
Benita J. Barnes (Associate Professor), Joseph B. Berger (Professor and Senior Associate Dean), Katherine Hudson (Lecturer), Ezekiel Kimball (Assistant Professor), Gary Malaney (Adjunct Associate Professor), Chrystal George Mwangi (Assistant Professor), Ryan Wells(Associate Professor)