Morgan State University

School of Education and Urban Studies

Advanced Studies, Leadership & Policy

PhD-- Higher Education Administration

  • Ph D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Sean Robinson
1700 Cold Spring Lane
Banneker Hall, Room 315
Baltimore, MD 21251

Program Statement

The Ph.D. Program in Higher Education at Morgan State University is designed to develop scholars and practitioners who will improve the worlds of higher and postsecondary education, as academic leaders, public policy experts, administrators, members of the professoriate, consultants, or training and development professionals. The program is a learning community characterized by scholarly rigor, strong connections to broader communities of practice, and a passion for contributing to the betterment of society through education. 

Goals of the Higher Education Administration PhD Program

The PhD program in Higher Education Administration recognizes the breadth of prior experiences, the various career paths that students are on, and the diversity of post-graduate opportunities students may pursue. Given this, there are five primary goals of the PhD program:

  • To provide students with grounding in the conceptual underpinnings of the practice of Higher Education.
  • To provide students with a broad appreciation and understanding of educational systems in social, historical, and normative perspectives as one basis for the exercise of educational leadership.
  • To expand students' theoretical understanding of administrative practice through study of one or more disciplines related to Higher Education Administration.
  • To convey inquiry skills useful to the practice of higher education and to the conduct of research in the field.
  • To provide opportunities to connect theoretical understanding to problems and contexts of practice through field-based experiences.

General Program Requirements

  • Core/Foundation Courses--27 credits
  • Research Courses--18 credits
  • Specialization/Electives--18 credits
  • Dissertation--9 credits


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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
5 years

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: