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Leadership in Higher Education, PhD-ED

Leadership in Higher Education Specialzation

If you’re ready to change the trajectory of education, the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education is the program for you. The ability to influence educational change through policy and educational reform requires a broad knowledge base of how higher education works. In the PhD-Ed with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education, you explore a variety of topics specific to higher education, including how higher education is organized, how it is financed, legal issues, and the history of higher education.

You will have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at higher education institutions and conduct research and analysis to identify future directions of national and global higher education. Graduates pursue positions as educators in higher education institutions with a research agenda or researchers for organizations focusing on the direction of higher education.

In this specialization, you will learn to lead in a variety of higher education institutions and develop research that contributes to field of leadership in higher education. You will examine leadership across different functions, such as student services, strategic planning, and academic program and curriculum development, as well as different types of institutions, such as public, private, for profit, and nonprofit. You will also explore the leader’s role in other institutional operations related to legal and financial considerations.

You’ll be prepared to share your knowledge and skill about higher education in college, university, and community college settings.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 37 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop deep knowledge of educational systems, theories, and research in an area of expertise
  • Interpret theories, research, and ideas for different audiences through multiple methods of communication
  • Integrate ethical principles and professional standards for a specific discipline within the field
  • Conduct autonomous or collaborative research using high-level analytical skills
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline within the field