Higher Education (Ph.D.)
Bold thinking to lead colleges and universities in the 21st Century.
Colleges and universities require innovative leaders who can navigate the challenges of serving a diverse student body, recruit talented faculty and manage financial resources. By earning a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of North Dakota you will be prepared for mid and upper-level administrative roles or faculty positions . The Ph.D. program emphasizes research, theory and practice.
- Program type:
- Doctoral Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 4+ years
- Credit hours:
Why Earn a Ph.D. in Higher Education at UND?
The doctoral program in higher education follows a scholar-practitioner model. It is designed for students preparing for positions that balance research, theory and practice.
- Participate in a community of learners with students and faculty from diverse academic and professional backgrounds.
- Take courses all year with support of library, technology and advising.
- Design and develop academic and co-curricular programs.
- Apply theory to practice to show influences on student outcomes, higher education organization development, and policy deliberations.
- Experience diversity as a key component of the program design, curriculum, and coursework.
- Develop methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.
- Complete a publishable doctoral dissertation.
Learn to Lead
UND provides a variety of options to develop your research and find your path to success.
In addition to core requirements, students take courses in research methods and electives.
Students study governance, organization, administration, college student experiences and policy impact.
Students investigate the issues that influence student outcomes, development of higher education organizations, administrative practices, and policy deliberations.
Up to 30 credits from a master's degree may be transferred from another institution.
Recent higher education doctoral graduates have obtained mid-level and upper administrative positions at colleges and universities. These include key decision-making posts in academic and student affairs as well as the top presidential job. Our graduates also hold influential policy positions in state or federal government or pursue faculty careers in colleges and universities.
Position titles for UND higher education Ph.D. graduates include:
- University/college president
- Vice president for academic affairs
- Vice president for student affairs
- Assistant vice president of student affairs for diversity & inclusion
- Academic dean
- Dean of students
- Director of educational programs
UND Higher Education Alumni
Higher Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- Chartwells Dining
- Morningside College
- Career Development Center
- Career Services, Inc.