The Higher Education program at Texas Tech University offers three degree programs (M.Ed., Ed.D. and Ph.D.) and a certificate. These offerings are designed to develop scholarly practitioners who understand the importance of equity and social justice. Graduates of our degree programs are equipped to apply theories and practical research as tools to name, frame, and solve problems of practice, using empirical evidence to evaluate impact and develop innovative solutions for colleges and universities.
The Higher Education program is committed to excellence in preparing and supporting
leaders for higher education, generating and supporting research in the field of higher
education, and delivering public service to the practice of higher education. The
program delivers teaching, research, and professional services to students, institutions
of higher education, and other academic disciplines.
Degrees Offered: M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D
Offered: Online, face-to-face, and hybrid
The Higher Education program offers a number of degrees and certificates. Learn more:
- Master of Education in Higher Education (M.Ed.)
- Master of Education in Higher Education - Online (M.Ed.)
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Online
- Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Research (Ph.D.)
- Graduate Certificate
Career Opportunities With This Degree
The Master of Education program in Higher Education offers opportunities for individuals who seek careers in entry level to middle management, teaching, and leadership positions at community colleges and universities. Graduates of the TTU Higher Education Master's Program will be collaborative, team-oriented, practitioner-based professionals who have the ability to access, evaluate and develop solutions to higher education problem(s) of practice.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare instructional and administrative "scholarly practitioners" for positions in two- and four-year colleges and universities, government agencies, and business and industry. The primary role is to prepare leaders for the higher education enterprise.
The Ph.D. in Higher Education – Higher Education Research is designed to prepare its graduates to lead the identification, analysis, evaluation and application of critical research that addresses higher education issues related to multiple and diverse populations and a variety of sociocultural contexts domestically and internationally.
M.Ed. – Bachelor's degree (any discipline), transcripts, resume, statement of purpose, and three recommendations.
Ed.D. – Master's degree (any discipline), GRE, transcripts, resume, applicant statement, writing prompts, and three recommendations.
Ph.D. – Master's degree (discipline related to higher education and research coursework), GRE, transcripts, resume, applicant statement, three writing prompts, and three letters of recommendations.
Visit the Graduate Application Process page for more information.
The doctoral programs require official GRE scores. Scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website. Texas Tech University's code is 6827.
Semester in which the program can be started
- M.Ed. – (face to face) Fall and Spring
- M.Ed. – (online) Fall only
- Ed.D. – Fall only
- Ph.D. – Fall for consideration for fellowships and scholarship(limited admissions for other terms)
Estimated Hours to Completion
- Certificate – 15 Hours
- M.Ed. Thesis – 39 hours
- M.Ed. Non-Thesis – 36 hours
- M.Ed. Online – 36 hours
- Ed.D. – 60 hours above Master's degree
- Ph.D. – 66 hours above Master's degree
Allowable Transfer Hours
- M.Ed. – 6 hours, subject to program approval (graduate level courses with a letter grade of A or B)
- M.Ed. (online) – does not accept transfer hours
- Ed.D. and Ph.D. – 30 hours, subject to program approval (graduate level courses with a letter grade of A or B)
Program Coordinator (M.Ed. online, Ed.D.): Dr. Stephanie Jones - email@example.com 806-834-1380
Program Coordinator (M.Ed. onsite and Ph.D.): Dr. Dave Louis - firstname.lastname@example.org 806-834-3342
Joni Sanders – email@example.com 806-834-5722 for admissions questions
David Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org 806-834-0989 for academic questions