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PhD in Education - Higher Education

Regent University's Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Higher Education program offers students the chance to enhance their understanding of college administration. Continue reading to find out more about prerequisites, courses, and career options.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Higher Education

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

In addition to holding a master's degree, applicants to this Ph.D. in Education - Higher Education program should have excellent research, writing, and problem-solving skills as well as a desire to prepare for a leadership position in a postseconday institute. All applicants to graduate programs at Regent University should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University's Ph.D. in Education - Higher Education program is designed to help students advance their careers in academia. The curriculum focuses on developing students' writing, research, and critical-thinking skills and touches on topics like program evaluation, strategic planning, and organizational theory. Coursework also delves into such subjects as adult learning theories, descriptive statistics, and finance for higher education. In addition, students in the Higher Education concentration have the opportunity to study the instructional design process for online learning, curricula development and assessment for adult learners, and administrative theory for higher education.

Learning Format:

Online (with required residencies)

Program Length:

75+ credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Higher Education:

The 75 credit hours that Regent requires for graduation are divided among online classroom study, a research-based dissertation, and three short residencies on the Virginia Beach campus. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (75+ credits)

  • Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership, Communication & Organizations
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Regression & Correlation
  • Structure & Reliability Analysis
  • Instructional Design for Online Learning
  • The Adult Learner
  • Online Orientation
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Christian Worldview for Educators
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Educational Statistics
  • History & Contemporary Issues of American Higher Education
  • Statistics Interpretation
  • Issues in Education
  • Dissertation Continuation
  • The College & the Student
  • Higher Education Finance
  • The Law & Governance of Higher Education
  • Advanced Research Design & Analysis
  • Curriculum & Assessment for College/University Teaching
  • Administration & Organization Theory in Higher Education
  • Regent Foundations For Graduate Success
  • Information Research & Resources
  • Residency (3 courses)
  • Dissertation Research (3 courses)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing the Ph.D. in Education - Higher Education program, graduates could be ready to apply their understanding of the issues, philosophies, and theories of teaching in positions at the highest levels of the educational field. Graduates may be able to find employment at private colleges, public universities, or specialty schools.

Here are a few possible positions graduates could consider:

  • Academic dean
  • Division chair
  • University faculty

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