Program-Specific Admission Requirements
- Statement of Goals – Submit a typed essay discussing your professional goals and aspirations,
including how your current skills along with advanced study of educational leadership
will aid you in the attainment of these goals.
- Essay – One essay, no more than 800 words from among the three possible topics below:
- Summarize the leadership activities in which you have been involved in recent years and explain how these experiences reflect your vision of and capacity for leadership.
- Please identify a problem or challenge in a school, school-related organization, or your professional life generally and write an analysis in which you assess the issue(s), describe effective strategies for addressing the issue(s), and make clear the implications for the exercise of effective leadership in the situation.
- Please describe a problem of educational policy decision –making, policy content,
or policy implementation, and explain how a deeper understanding of policy or the
policy process could improve the situation.
- Resume – submit a professional curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume (no more than five pages) that includes the following information:
- Educational background
- Work-related experience
- Conference presentations (if applicable)
- Publications (if applicable)
- Professional honors and awards
- Any other experiences you believe may aid the admission committee in evaluating your application
- Writing Sample
- Include with your application an individually-authored sample of your writing that the admission committee can use to evaluate your ability as a writer and potential success in the doctoral program.
- The minimum length of the sample is five pages and should not exceed 30 pages.Examples of possible writing samples include, but are not limited to, journal articles, paper from a course, or some written work product such as a manual or technical report.
The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the Higher Education doctoral program. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work; as such, candidates for admission to the doctoral programs are evaluated on the following criteria:
Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
Grade point average from all previous graduate work (minimum of 3.5 required)
Statement of professional goals
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Higher Education program.
The Ph.D. program in Higher Education is designed for students preparing for positions in which research and creative experience are predominant interests. Ph.D. candidates are expected to have undertaken and completed independent research leading to an original contribution of knowledge in the field. It is generally expected that the Ph.D. dissertation will be publishable. This degree option typically provides preparation for those who aspire to leadership positions in higher education, in government agencies, or in other educational policy organizations.
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
Completion of a dissertation, which incorporates independent work that is anoriginal contribution to knowledge.
With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree may be transferred from another institution.
Successful completion of comprehensive examinations in Higher Education and Educational Foundations and Research.
Successful completion of a final examination.
|Minor/Master's transfer credits (24 credits)||24|
|Higher Education Common Core (18 credits):|
|HE 532||Principles and Practices in Higher Education||3|
|HE 536||Leading and Learning in Higher Education||3|
|HE 538||College Student Experiences||3|
|HE 549||Dissertation Orientation||2|
|T&L 541||History of Higher Education in the United States||3|
|T&L 543||Scholarly Writing||3|
|Educational Foundations (6 credits):|
|(Prerequisite: EFR 500 or equivalent)|
|Advanced Foundations elective 1||3|
|Advanced Foundations elective 2||3|
|Scholarly Tools (12 credits):|
|(Prerequisite: EFR 515 or equivalent)|
|EFR 510||Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|EFR 516||Statistics II||3|
|Advanced Scholarly Tool elective 1||3|
|Advanced Scholarly Tool elective 2||3|
|Administration emphasis (18 credits):|
|Core (9 credits):|
|HE 563||Academic Administration in Higher Education||3|
|HE 570||Higher Education Law||3|
|HE 576||Higher Education Planning and Finance||3|
|Electives (9 credits):|
|Selected with consent of advisor||9|
|Individualized emphasis (18 credits):|
|Electives selected with consent of advisor and faculty from area of specialization||18|
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