Bowling Green State University - Ph.D.

Education and Human Development

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Higher Education Administration

  • Ph D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership


Emily Creamer
310 Education Building
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Program Statement

This nationally recognized Ph.D. program emphasizes informed, ethical decision making in the administration of higher education. It is intended to launch its graduates into new areas and/or higher levels of leadership in colleges and universities. Students take core coursework in higher education foundations, administration, governance and organization, law, and postsecondary students in the United States. Students, in collaboration with their advisors, fashion a four-course cognate that leads to specialization in an area of personal and professional interest. The sequence of four research courses culminates in a dissertation of original contribution to the knowledge of higher education. Based on a cohort model, students’ professional and life experiences actively contribute to and enhance the learning experience in the classroom. The program is designed to be completed in three years for those pursuing full-time study. Required core and research courses are scheduled in the evening, allowing for greater flexibility for those maintaining full-time employment, while in the program. All full-time students are employed in a variety of graduate assistantships that both support and supplement the program, and that include a waiver of most tuition and fees. The Global Understanding Requirement, a unique feature of the program, broadens and diversifies students’ conceptions of higher education and how it is influenced by culture and custom internationally.

HIED Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to integrate and synthesize content across domains.  Learning outcomes are achieved through engagement in course work; independent research; employment; co-curricular and professional experiences; and interaction with faculty, peers, and university leaders.

Administration and Leadership in Higher Education

  • Understand the history, philosophy, sociology, and law pertaining to governance, administration, and leadership in higher education institutions and systems
  • Articulate how higher education is differentiated by mission, sector, curriculum, size, and stakeholders
  • Evaluate and apply organizational theories and models to create and lead effective organizations 
  • Develop effective practices and policies to create socially-just higher education and institutions and systems

Postsecondary Students’ Learning and Development

  • Understand the demographic profile and trends of college students in the U.S.
  • Analyze and critique models and theories of student learning and development and understand the cultural factors that influence their creation and use 
  • Articulate the effect of individual and group differences and similarities on students' learning and development
  • Create environments, policies, programs, and services that promote deep learning and foster the success of all students
  • Collaborate within and beyond the institution to foster student learning, growth, and development

Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

  • Articulate the experiences of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups in higher education in the United States
  • Understand issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in higher education
  • Evaluate and create socially just policies and practices in higher education
  • Understand a non-U.S. higher education system in the context of its culture
  • Understand how U.S. higher education is similar to and different from other higher education systems
  • Understand the role of globalization in higher education

Inquiry: Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

  • Articulate paradigmatic assumptions that underlie different approaches to research, evaluation, and assessment
  • Understand and interpret results from programmatic and institutional data
  • Develop expertise in at least one research methodology
  • Apply best practices of assessment and evaluation in postsecondary education
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data to address research questions
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of research and assessment studies
  • Create and implement at least one assessment project and one research study

The minimum 64 credit hours of coursework are allocated as follows:

Core Courses (15 hours)
HIED 7105    Foundations in Higher Education
HIED 7110    Governance and Organization of Higher Education
HIED 7120    Administration of Higher Education
HIED 7210    Law in Higher Education
HIED 7310    Postsecondary Students in the U.S.

Research Methodology Courses (12 hours)
EDFI 7510    Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education I
EDFI 7520    Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education II
HIED 7510    Qualitative Research Problems and Methods in Higher Education
HIED 7520    Issues and Methods of Applied Inquiry in Higher Education

Diversity and Social Justice Courses (6 hours)
Six credit hours of coursework must be completed in courses focused on diversity and social justice

Higher Education Elective Courses (9 hours)

Pro Seminar (1 Hour)
HIED 7000 Graduate Seminar in Higher Education: Introduction Seminar 

Dissertation Seminar (2 hours)
HIED 7800 Graduate Seminar in Higher Education: Dissertation Seminar 

Dissertation Research (16 hours)
HIED 7990 Dissertation Research

Global Understanding Requirement

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
3 - 4 years (full-time) 5 to 7 years (part-time)

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: