Ph.D. in Higher Education


The PhD in Higher Education is for post-Master’s degree students who are interested in preparing for service and leadership in a broad range of roles in Colleges and Universities. Program graduates will understand the administrative, political, financial, legal, and socio-cultural aspects of higher education and be prepared to be change agents in 21st century institutions of post-secondary education, including community colleges, 4-year degree granting institutions, and comprehensive graduate and professional degree granting universities. In addition to core coursework, students will have the opportunity to specialize by taking a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework in an area of professional interest. Additionally, focused internships working with professionals in their field of interest and an international research focused study abroad experience will provide students with mentorship and real-world experience.

February 15th is the deadline for consideration for Fall admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

What makes our program right for you?

Purdue specific outcomes and program highlights: 

  • Distinguish yourself in the education industry with a superior credential from an institution with worldwide recognition and impact.
  • Advance and network with an experienced and motivated peer group for mutual support, team exercises, and enhanced learning. 
  • Publish with internationally recognized faculty.

Purdue quality. Flexible schedule.

Online and hybrid students enjoy the same rigorous academic programs as on-campus students, but with a much more flexible class schedule. Assignments, discussions, and other coursework are posted each week in the virtual classroom.  Students are required to participate in real-time classes from 6-9 p.m. EST two nights per week.  The hybrid model of this program requires students to travel to campus at least once a semester.

The cohort model provides opportunities for student to get to know their peers.  Students can build friendships and a support system during the program that helps to build a professional network.  Students are able to learn from others who are in the same field and may have different and similar experiences. The Cohort Doctoral Program strives to develop leaders in the education industry.

Students will publish with internationally acclaimed faculty.  During the program, students will co-author with Higher Education faculty a minimum of three articles, published in peer reviewed journals. Higher Education students gain highly sought-after skills and experiences in research, writing and publishing – the currency of Higher Education Institutions.



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This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.

Career Outlook

The higher education field is growing rapidly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Universities and institutions are struggling to find candidates who have the foundation to understand higher education structure, governance, and operation.  The Ph. D. in Educational Studies, Higher Education can give you the needed foundation to be successful.

Job opportunities include (but are not limited to):

  • Leadership Program Administration
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Admissions Dean or Administrator
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Student Services Dean
  • Provost or Vice President
  • Student Engagement Outreach Specialist
  • Professor
  • Athletic Director
  • Education Consultant
  • Development Officer

Make your next giant leap



Course Content Information:
Contact Dr. Lisa Lambert Snodgrass and Dr. Terron Phillips
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Purdue Online
Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000