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 you'll be prepared for mid and upper-level
administrative roles or faculty positions. The Ph.D. program emphasizes research,
theory and practice.
Est. time to complete:
Why earn a Ph.D. in higher education at UND?
March 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 15 | Dec. 1
The doctoral program in higher education follows a scholar-practitioner model. It
is designed for students preparing for positions that balance research, theory and
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.
Higher Education Doctoral Program
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.
Careers in Higher Education
Median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators. Salary and benefits
for deans and college presidents far exceed the median.
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:
Vice president for academic affairs
Vice president for student affairs
Assistant vice president of student affairs for diversity & inclusion
Dean of students
Director of educational programs
UND Higher Education Alumni
Higher Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Career Development Center
Career Services, Inc.
Higher Education Courses You Could Take
HE 532. Principles and Practices in Higher Education. 3 Credits.
This course is designed for students newly admitted to the doctoral program in higher education. It introduces the students to the study of higher education enterprise in terms of its context, research, and practice. Among the topics covered, students in the course will explore the significance of institutional missions and purposes, federal and state governments, and the academic community. On demand.
T&L 541. History of Higher Education in the United States. 3 Credits.
Study of major events and people shaping higher education in the U.S. Role, philosophy, and organization of institutions of higher education discussed.
HE 538. College Student Experiences. 3 Credits.
Given the growing awareness, economically, politically, and socially, of the need for students to succeed in college, faculty, staff, and administrators are increasingly being held accountable for college persistence and completion. A significant factor in students' success is their learning and development. Students in this course will explore concepts and theories related to student learning and development and be challenged to interpret and apply theories to real-world higher education practice, considering how these processes influence student success. On demand.
HE 536. Leading and Learning in Higher Education. 3 Credits.
Colleges and universities are complex organizations with a core purpose of learning. An understanding of organizations, what they are and how they function is critical to success as a higher education professional. Further each member of the organization is called on to provide leadership for the organization in the classroom, the department, and other organizational units. Effective leaders will understand the organization and how their roles and work help support the institution's effectiveness in educating students. On demand.
HE 570. Higher Education Law. 3 Credits.
An overview of the legal issues that confront college and university personnel. Pertinent federal and state statutes as well as case law will be used to instruct about legal rights and responsibilities of university/college administrators and students. The legal relationships between the institution and the faculty, the student, state government, and the federal government will be explored. On demand.
HE 576. Higher Education Planning and Finance. 3 Credits.
Higher education must plan to ensure the future of the institution and those plans guide the allocation of resources to accomplish the institutional mission and plan. This course will provide an overview of planning processes and the subsequent allocation of resources to implement the plan. Students will also learn about financial management including budgeting, financial policies and performance metrics. The college administrator's role in guiding the fiscal welfare of an institution of higher education will be explored. On demand.
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