PhD in Leadership in Higher Education

PhD in Education, Specialized in Higher Education

If you’re ready to change the trajectory of education, the Leadership in Higher Education PhD is your specialization. The ability to influence educational change through policy and educational reform requires a broad knowledge-base of how higher education works. In the PhD in higher education leadership 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 have the opportunity to take an in depth look at community colleges, and will conduct research and analysis to identify future directions of national and global higher education. Graduates pursue positions as an educator in higher education institutions with a research agenda, or researcher for organizations focusing on the direction of higher education.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog

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 knowledge of educational theories, research, and diverse instructional practices.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Develop evidence-based solutions addressing current educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Conduct educational research that contributes to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline.

*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.

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