Higher Education Administration - Archived 2019-20 Graduate Catalog

Interim Chair and Graduate Coordinator: Christina J. Lunceford
Address: 310 Education Building
Phone: 419-372-7382
Program Web Page: http://bgsu.edu/hied

Degrees Offered
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Programs Offered
Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration
Graduate Certificate in Administration of Higher Education
Graduate Certificate in Research and Assessment in Higher Education
Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education 

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Ph.D degree, students in the Higher Education Administration program are expected to be able to:

  • Administration and Leadership in Higher Education: Evaluate theories and models of organizations and leadership to achieve institutional mission and goals. 
  • Postsecondary Students’ Learning and Development: Assess and analyze models and theories of student learning and development, informed by cultural factors that influence their creation and use. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice: Evaluate campus policy and practice to promote diversity, equity, and social justice.
  • Inquiry: Assessment, Evaluation, and Research: Design and execute research to address important concerns in higher education. 

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution as a prerequisite for admission to the Ph.D. program. The degree need not be in education, but must be relevant to the student's career objectives. Evidence of at least three years of successful work experience in higher education beyond the master’s degree is encouraged.

Admission Procedure
Applicants seeking admission to the Higher Education Administration Program should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this Graduate Catalog.  

Degree Requirements
Within the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs, the Higher Education Administration Ph.D. Program is dedicated to the preparation of leaders and scholars in higher education who utilize the tools of inquiry to enact a commitment to diversity, equity, and justice to promote postsecondary students’ learning and development. It is intended to launch its graduates into new arenas and/or higher levels of leadership in colleges and universities. Students take core coursework in higher education foundations, administration, governance and organization, law, and the college student. The Higher Education Administration Ph.D. Program is a 64 credit-hour post-master's curriculum requiring completion of a core of 15 semester hours in higher education studies, 15 semester hours of research, 9 semester hours of electives, 6 semester hours in diversity and social justice (including a global understanding requirement and U.S. diversity studies), one hour of introduction to doctoral studies professional seminar, two hours of dissertation seminar, a preliminary examination,  and at least 16 hours of dissertation research. Where appropriate, students may be required to complete an internship experience.

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate College, a student must earn an A or B in the HIED core and research courses (HIED 7105, 7110, 7120, 7210, 7310, 7510, 7520, EDFI 7510, 7520, and either SOC 7130 or HIED 7530). If necessary, a course may be retaken to meet this requirement. This policy is in effect for students admitted Summer 2017 or later.

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online at http://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes/class-course-information.html. Graduate courses offered by Higher Education Administration use the prefix: HIED.