Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration program offered through Andrews University is designed to help qualified candidates in or for advanced executive and administrative positions in enrollment, admissions, financial services, and athletics divisions of colleges and universities, among other areas related to higher education. This program is able to be completed online or on campus, depending on the needs and learning abilities of each particular student.

At the doctoral level, a higher education administration program helps individuals who wish to pursue careers in research and teaching in colleges and universities, as well as corporate training positions in the public or private sector. The PhD program is more research oriented than that of the EdD program, requiring more courses covering advanced research methodologies. The curriculum of the program also includes an international emphasis that may include traveling to international universities in order to interact with students and faculty of different backgrounds. This program can typically be completed in approximately four to five years, with seven years being the maximum allowable time period.

In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 90 hours of credit from coursework and research. Of that total, 15 hours come from work in the program core, 20 in the program concentration, which includes more courses from the educational administration and leadership discipline, 19 from research work, 16 from work towards the student's dissertation, and 12 from cognates. Cognate courses are ones that are chosen from disciplines outside of the core of educational administration, such as business, communication, psychology, or research, among others. In addition to the credit requirements of this program, those enrolled must complete and submit a portfolio that documents the work completed throughout the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants should have earned a Master’s Degree or its equivalent from an accredited university with adequate preparation for the proposed doctoral specialty and have at least a 3.0 overall GPA

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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