North Carolina State University

College of Education

Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Ph.D in Higher Education

Degrees: 
  • Ph D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership

Contact

Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles
Poe Hall
Campus Box 7801
Raleigh, NC 27695

Program Statement

NC State offers a doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development with a specialization in Higher Education. The program prepares scholar leaders to serve in a variety of roles (e.g., faculty, researchers, policy-makers, administrators) and higher education contexts. Program content is informed by relevant theory, scholarly research, and best practice in the field of higher education. Our scholarly community includes diverse students and faculty representing a variety of backgrounds, research interests, and professional experiences, all of whom espouse a commitment to social justice in education and society.

We are committed to deepening our students’ understanding of theoretical perspectives and frameworks, current research, and innovative methodological approaches within the field of higher education. We encourage interdisciplinarity, quality research design, the highest ethical standards, and research that inspires and informs policy and practice. Our scholarly community seeks to contribute to and advance knowledge in meaningful ways both collaboratively and independently.

Through coursework, research assistantships, and professional development, we seek to develop skilled higher education professionals who:

•Identify and critically examine prevailing issues and problems in higher education

•Possess broad knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methodologies

•Engage in rigorous scholarly research

•Inform policy and guide change in the local campus context and beyond

•Are equipped to advise, mentor, and teach graduate students

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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
6
Adjunct: 
5
Total Program Credit Hours: 
60
Average Time to Degree: 
4-6 years, dependent upon enrollment status

Visitation Program

Yes

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
No
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
Yes
Attendance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Thesis: 
Yes
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
Yes