Andrews University

4150 Administration Drive, Room 136, Berrien Springs, MI 49104

Program Details

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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    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

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    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

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

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited

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