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Prospective HIED Students

We are very pleased that you have decided to apply to our program. This page is designed to help you understand the application process and to compile your application materials for submission. For a printer-friendly application and information packet, please click on the HIED 2014-15 Information and Application materials.

Make sure to also print out reference forms. In addition, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for common concerns and issues that prospective doctoral students often ask about the program.

International students may seek application assistance through Graduate Admissions offices.

For information about fall 2014 admission consideration please contact knallen@bgsu.edu.

Priority consideration for full-time enrollment in the fall 2015 cohort will be given to applicants who have completed their files by December 15, 2014.

Application Process

Admission to the BGSU HIED program is selective and restricted to the number of doctoral students to whom the program faculty believe they can provide quality instruction, advising, and dissertation direction.  To be considered for admission, candidates must complete an application file with the following components:

1. Graduate Admissions Application

2. An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended (graduate and undergraduate).

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

4. Current résumé or curriculum vitae detailing academic and professional background; at least 3-5 years successful work experience (preferably post-master’s) is desired

5. Personal Statement – A 3-5 page typed statement (double-spaced) which addresses:

a) Present goals, professional aspirations, interests, and reasons for seeking admission to the program
b) Areas of higher education administration in which you are most interested and why (e.g., student affairs, leadership, academic administration)
c) Current research interests
d) What you wish to achieve in the profession

6. Three letters of recommendation with HIED program reference form attached.  Be sure to sign each reference form indicating whether or not you waive your right to review the reference forms.  At least one letter of recommendation must be from a faculty member and you are also encouraged to include a reference from a higher education or student affairs professional.  Your application is not complete without three references, so please follow up with your references to be certain these are submitted by the deadline.

Submitting the Application

Submit these materials to Graduate Admissions

Office of Admissions
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0083

(419) 372-2791

Submit these materials to HESA

  • Personal Statement
  • Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Reference Letters and Reference Forms

Higher Education and Student Affairs 
330 Education Building 
Bowling Green State University 
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0244

419-372-7382
419-372-9382 (FAX) 
e-mail: hesa@bgsu.edu 

Admission Sequence of Events

The HIED Admission Committee, comprised of faculty and current students, reviews completed applications to determine whether to invite the applicant for a personal interview. The purpose of the interview is for the faculty and applicant to determine whether a good “fit” (academically and professionally) between the program’s emphasis and the candidate’s personal and professional goals. If invited to campus, candidates also interview for graduate assistantships. The HESA chair makes a final recommendation on admission to the Graduate College.

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014. Applications completed after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. On-campus interviews will be held February 19-21, 2015.

The 2015 HIED Interview Weekend is scheduled for February 19-21, 2015

Transfer Credit

Since the Ph.D. requires 63 hours of study at BGSU beyond any master's degree credits previously earned at another institution, those credits can not be applied toward the Ph.D. However, students who have already earned credit for courses required in the Ph.D. program may, in consultation with their advisor and with the permission of the HESA Chair, substitute those courses for required Ph.D. courses. Where students substitute courses they must still earn a total of 63 hours of post-master's credit at BGSU in courses approved by the Chair.

Background Checks

As a policy of the Graduate College, graduate interns are required to authorize and pass a background investigation prior to the start of employment. Offers of employment are conditional until a background investigation has been successfully completed and all other pre-employment requirements are satisfied. The University reserves the right to determine and confirm suitability for employment and to end any employment already begun if the background check reveals disqualifying information.

Please note that a past criminal conviction identified during a background check does not automatically cancel the contract offer. Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide additional information, to explain the nature and circumstances of the conviction, and any evidence of rehabilitation. In determining suitability for employment, consideration will be given to factors that include: the specific duties of the internship position; the number of offenses and circumstances of each; date of conviction; and whether the conviction rose out of employment. If you have any concerns or would like to have a confidential discussion regarding your situation please contact the Graduate College Office at BGSU (419) 372-2791 and request to speak to the dean or associate dean of the Graduate College.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid beyond the internship, please visit the Graduate College Financial Aid web site. 

Questions?

If you have questions about the program, consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you have further questions about the application process, or the status of your application, please contact one person listed below:

Krystal Allen
Assistant to the Chair
419-372-6016
knallen@bgsu.edu

Theresa Kelso
Program Secretary
(419) 372-7382
hesa@bgsu.edu

Dr. Maureen Wilson
Chair, Higher Education and Student Affairs
(419)372-7321
mewilso@bgsu.edu