PhD in Higher Education Administration

PhD in Higher Education Administration

The PhD Program in Higher Education is designed to develop scholars and practitioners who will improve the outcomes of postsecondary education as academic leaders and administrators, public policy experts, researchers, faculty members, and consultants. The program is a learning community characterized by scholarly rigor, strong connections to broader professional communities of practice, and a passion for contributing to the betterment of society through education.

Goals of the Higher Education Administration PhD Program
The PhD program in Higher Education Administration recognizes the breadth of prior experiences, the various career paths of our students, and the diversity of post-graduate opportunities students may pursue.

Given this, there are five primary goals of the PhD program:

  • To provide students with grounding in the conceptual underpinnings of the practice of higher education
  • To provide students with a broad appreciation and understanding of educational systems in social, historical, and normative perspectives as one basis for the exercise of educational leadership
  • To expand students' theoretical understanding of administrative practice through interdisciplinary study of higher education administration
  • To convey inquiry skills useful to the practice of higher education and to research in the field
  • To provide opportunities to connect theoretical understanding to problems and contexts of practice through field-based experiences


What our candidates have to say about our program:

Tanya Johnson

PhD Higher Education Administration Candidate

Recent Doctoral Dissertations

Marc H. Strothers, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2020)
Administrators’ Perceptions and Responses to Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women at an Urban Historically Black University

Corey D. Robinson, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2020)
The Role that Society and Culture Play in African American Students' Decisions to Attend HBCUs

Tobias R. Morgan, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2020)
Owt on the Yard: An Exploration of Masculinity among African American Members of Historically Black Greek-Letter Fraternities Who Identify as Gay, Bisexual, or Same-Gender Loving at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Trevor R. McKie, Ph.D., Higher Education Administration (2020)
The Relationship Between Student Engagement and the Academic Success of African American Males Enrolled at an HBCU

Derrick W. Wise, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2019)
The Role of Spirituality in the Resilience of the Collegiate African American Male

Danny Molock, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2019)
The Journey in a Mile: An Exploration of Leadership Identity Development in Black Males it in HBCU

Alexandria Burrel, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2019)
Exploring the Experiences of Black and Latina Female Students at a Predominantly White Institution and Their Perceptions of Campus Climate

DeAnne Perry, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2019)
A Narrative Exploration of the Experiences of First-Generation Undergraduates in a Living-Learning Program

Abosede Gbenga-Akinbiola, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2018)
Telling Their Stories: Women in Nigerian Higher Education

Avetta White, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2018)
An Examination of the Differences in Presenting Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues of College Students by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

Charmaine Troy, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2018)
Examining Media Bias Surrounding Black Higher Education: A Content and Discourse Analysis of Print News Surrounding Critical Incidents that Have Occurred at Two Historically Black College and Universities
        2018-19 Department Dissertation of the Year Winner

Martin A. Dada, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2017)
African American Students' Assumptions about Blackness or Whiteness, Explored in the Context of College Selection: An Interpretive Analysis
        2017-18 Department Dissertation of the Year Winner

Rhonda Battle, PhD, Higher Education Leadership (2015)
International Student-Athletes’ Retention at an NCAA Division I Institution

Charisse F. Werneke, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2015)
How One Small, Private Non-profit University Has Prospered During and After the Great Recession: An Ethnographic Case Study

Dennis W. McCunney, PhD, Higher Education Administration (2015)
Striving for the Magis: An Ethnographic Case Study of Transformative Learning and Sustained Civic Engagement at a Jesuit University

For additional information:

PhD Admission Requirements

PhD Program Curriculum & General Requirements

For questions and/or more information, please contact Dr. Sean Robinson, Program Coordinator