Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Admission Requirements

The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work; as such, candidates for admission to the  doctoral programs are evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university

  2. Grade point average from all previous graduate work (minimum of 3.5 required)

  3. Professional resume

  4. Educational leadership essay

  5. Statement of professional goals

  6. Writing sample

  7. Three (3) letters of recommendation

  8. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  9. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Educational Leadership Department.

The Ph.D. program in Higher Education is designed for students preparing for positions in which research and creative experience are predominant interests. Ph.D. candidates are expected to have undertaken and completed independent research leading to an original contribution of knowledge in the field. It is generally expected that the Ph.D. dissertation will be publishable. This degree option typically provides preparation for those who aspire to leadership positions in higher education, in government agencies, or in other educational policy organizations.

  1. A minimum of 90 semester credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.

  2. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.

  3. Completion of a dissertation, which incorporates independent work that is anoriginal contribution to knowledge.

  4. With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree may be transferred from another institution.

  5. Successful completion of comprehensive examinations in Educational Leadership and Educational Foundations and Research.

  6. Successful completion of a final examination.

Minor/Master's transfer credits (24 credits)24
Higher Education Common Core (18 credits):
HE 532Principles and Practices in Higher Education3
HE 536Leading and Learning in Higher Education3
HE 538College Student Experiences3
HE 549Dissertation Orientation2
T&L 541History of Higher Education in the United States3
T&L 543Scholarly Writing3
Educational Foundations (6 credits):
(Prerequisite: EFR 500 or equivalent)
Advanced Foundations elective 13
Advanced Foundations elective 23
Scholarly Tools (12 credits):
(Prerequisite: EFR 515 or equivalent)
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
EFR 516Statistics II3
Advanced Scholarly Tool elective 13
Advanced Scholarly Tool elective 23
Administration emphasis (18 credits):
Core (9 credits):
HE 563Academic Administration in Higher Education3
HE 570Higher Education Law3
HE 576Higher Education Planning and Finance3
Electives (9 credits):
Selected with consent of advisor9
Individualized emphasis (18 credits):
Electives selected with consent of advisor and faculty from area of specialization18