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Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership PhD

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A Higher Education Doctoral Degree for Leadership and Policy Development

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) PhD program prepares professionals for director, dean, vice-president and faculty leadership positions in higher education and student affairs. Graduates of this Doctor of Philosophy degree are prepared to...

  • Understand the complexities of student development
  • Develop and lead programs that enhance student learning
  • Provide effective leadership in the academic, student affairs, and policy arenas using a social justice lens
  • Make data-based decisions by applying theory to practice
  • Conduct research that contributes to our understanding of higher education

Commitment to Diversity

The HESAL Program is committed to social justice in an atmosphere of social care. Specifically, we are committed to creating an atmosphere which supports multiple perspectives and diverse students, both in the pursuit of individual research and as a community of scholars.


Individualized...And Collaborative

The program provides a blended focus on student development, social justice initiatives, and leadership in complex organizations. Excellence in professional practice and scholarly writing are themes emphasized throughout the program. Students create an experience tailored to their career aspirations and needs.

The HESAL program admits 8-12 students as a cohort group. You will engage in collaborative research and other scholarly endeavors early in the doctoral program. HESAL PhD students are viewed as colleagues with progressively higher levels of responsibility and expertise.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years, 9 months plus dissertation
$630/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Florence M. Guido, PhD


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