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Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership PhD – Courses & Requirements

An Individualized Program

Students may focus on studies related to community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and higher education agencies. Opportunities are provided for practical experiences under the mentorship of experienced higher education leaders.

  • This part-time Denver program features night and weekend classes to fit around your schedule. You'll take 3 or 6 credit hours per term. Taking 6 credit hours per term makes you eligible for federal financial aid and you can complete the program in four years. Or you can spread program coursework and dissertation steps out beyond four years to fit your schedule and research needs.
  • You can also choose a full-time enrollment, where you blend in extra courses in Denver and Greeley to complete your doctorate faster.

Required Coursework (64 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Required Courses (9 Hours)

HESA 761 Scholarly Writing for Scholar/Leaders (3)

HESA 781 Collaborative Inquiry for Scholar/Leaders (3)

HESA 782 Research Capstone in Higher Ed (3)

Content Coursework (24 Hours)

You will take 24 content credit hours, building your plan of study in consultation with your advisor and committee. See the Graduate Catalog HESAL PhD page for qualifying courses.

Research Coursework (15 Hours)

SRM 602 Statistical Methods I (3)

SRM 603 Statistical Methods II (3)

SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)

Additional coursework in qualitative or quantitative research methods (6)

Dissertation Proposal and Research (16 Hours)

Dissertation projects begin after the completion of your coursework.

HESA 797 Doctoral Proposal Research (4)

HESA 799 Doctoral Dissertation (12)


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years, 9 months plus dissertation
$610/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Florence M. Guido, PhD


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