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Ph.D. in Higher Education

Ohio University is the only institution in southeastern Ohio that offers a doctoral program in Higher Education. Its faculty includes internationally recognized scholars who can deliver up-to-date knowledge about Higher Education with the academic rigor that is demanded in Ph.D. studies.

Graduates of the program serve in faculty and cabinet-level administrative positions in colleges and universities. In addition, this degree serves a limited number of students who wish to develop research skills about Higher Education, regardless of their career ambitions.

All students learn about the history and contexts of Higher Education, leadership, organizational needs, the learning environment, and research concepts and methods. In addition, students gain advanced knowledge about a specialty area of Higher Education, for example, general administration or college student affairs. The Athens curriculum offers greater flexibility for the selection of courses than the weekend program, which must be highly structured to meet the needs of the executive cohort.

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Applications for the traditional doctoral program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications for the cohort doctoral program are due 2/1/19 for full consideration. We will consider late applications on a space-available basis.. The next cohort doctoral program will begin Fall Semester, 2019.

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