Texas Tech University

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education (Ph.D.) - Higher Education Research

Texas Tech's Higher Education program is committed to preparing students for roles in teaching, research and engagement in higher education contexts. Students and alumni have utilized the skills, knowledge and application acquired through their doctoral program to positively impact higher education institutions across the globe. The Higher Education faculty are committed to investing in our students' success while they are enrolled as well as after they graduate.

The Ph.D. in Higher Education Research is taught primarily face to face on the campus of Texas Tech University with some courses offered in hybrid, intensive and/or online formats. Please contact Joni Sanders at joni.sanders@ttu.edu for application requirements. Qualified applicants should have a master's degree in a related field, research foundation coursework, and experience in higher education organizations.

How does this degree advance my career?
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Higher Education – Higher Education Research program will 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.

How is the program delivered?
The Ph.D. degree is delivered through face-to-face, hybrid, intensive and online coursework.

The doctoral curriculum is comprised of five elements: (I) Foundations Core, (II) Statistics and Research Core, (III) Higher Education Core, (IV) Research Electives; (V) Higher Education Electives, (VI) Capstone and Qualifying Exam, and (VII) Doctoral Dissertation.

Trademark Outcomes
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Higher Education Research program will 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.

The distinctive student learning outcomes expected of our Ph.D. graduates are:

  • Compare and contrast the social, cultural, and economic roles of higher education in U.S. and international contexts.
  • Analyze policies to understand impacts on higher education and its various constituents.
  • Utilize the findings of critical inquiries to propose alternative policies, practices, and strategies for higher education.
  • Lead research utilizing various methodologies and types of data appropriate for higher education subject matter.
  • Lead higher education change management strategies.

Transfer Policy
Transfer credit from another university will be evaluated and awarded in accord with the guidelines established by the Graduate School. In no case can transfer credit reduce the minimum residency requirement. The Higher Education Research course requirements are typically in addition to the coursework completed for a master's degree. However, students and their faculty advisors should assess whether transfer or course replacement credit may be awarded for any of the Ph.D. in Higher Education - Higher Education Research curricular requirements. Courses with a letter grade other than A or B cannot be counted for transfer credit (including Pass/Fail).

Tuition and Fees
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