PhD in Higher Education
Begins Fall 2017 in Bismarck, ND
- 90 Credits (Beyond Bachelor's Degree)
- 3+ Years to Complete Coursework
- Face-to-Face Classes in Bismarck, ND, and Online Coursework
- Semester-based Courses
- In-State Tuition Regardless of Residency
Online and Distance Doctorate Degree in Higher Education
The Doctorate in Higher Education, offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, is an off-campus program that prepares you for prominent administrative or scholarly positions in postsecondary educational organizations or governmental agencies.
Through face-to-face classes held in Bismarck, ND, you'll focus on foundations, theory, research and scholarly tools that provide the necessary skills to function effectively as a leader in higher education. This program incorporates the examination of the governance, organization and administration of colleges and universities; internal and external factors leading to student access, development and success; evaluation and assessment of students, programs, institutions and systems; and ethical and historical implications of the higher education enterprise.
Graduate studies in this Higher Education program enable you to engage actively in the critical reflection and ethical decision-making about current issues and problems in higher education. To achieve those learning experiences, UND faculty have identified three learning goals and several corresponding learning objectives for students of this program.
Students will display intellectual and professional curiosity in pursuit of knowledge and learning.
Students will be able to:
- Articulate a general understanding of higher education as a field of study.
- Develop, deliver, and assess courses and educational programs that are grounded in current research; best practices on learning, course and program design, as well as assessment.
- Design and/or modify academic and co-curricular programs and policies to respond to the differences in student characteristics and developmental needs.
- Demonstrate the basic leadership skills of developing a vision, engaging others in the vision and executing a plan to achieve the vision.
- Students will communicate in both written and oral presentation form with a scholar-practitioner frame.
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate sound research design and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
- Integrate information, theory and research with the student’s own perspective and voice.
- Apply theory to practice in order to demonstrate how organizations, culture, and environment influence and shape student behavior.
- Analyze a situation, identify the key players and decision-makers, develop networks of support, and prepare compelling and convincing arguments.
Students will demonstrate capacity to express multiple perspectives and values among multiple constituents so they may maneuver throughout the enterprise, profession and individual pursuits. Students will be able to:
- Define the philosophical and historical context of current issues and problems in higher education.
- Identify and understand cultural elements and artifacts for students, faculty, administrators and policy-makers, and how they impact the higher education experience.
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and social justice by understanding the backgrounds and histories of individuals.
- Promote multicultural competence in students, faculty, staff, administrators and policy-makers.
March 15 (priority)
August 1 (deadline)