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Higher Education, Ph.D.

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Prepare for a career in higher education administration or teaching


 

Earn your Doctor of Philosophy

The Higher Education concentration prepares graduates to be dynamic higher education administrators and effective professors, with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to understand and facilitate needed changes and leadership in contemporary learning institutions, college classrooms and beyond. Our theory-based program grants students the expertise in research methodologies and tools. Graduates contribute to academic inquiry, and apply theories to issues facing institutions, classrooms and policies.

This concentration features two strands, from which students select one: Administration or the Professorate. It prepares graduates for positions of administration or teaching in higher education. The theory-based program provides students with expertise in research methodologies and tools.

Graduates contribute to academic inquiry, and apply theories to issues facing institutions, classrooms and policies. Depending on the choice of concentration strand, graduates enter careers in higher education administration, teaching, federal and state education agencies and other education related associations. Students with an intended focus in the professorate must possess at least 12 hours of completed graduate course work in their content area upon entering the program, and possess 18 hours of content course work at the time of program completion.

With an emphasis on collaborative learning, the concentration values collegiality among students, among faculty and between faculty and students. Opportunities are available for active, engaged learning across the program courses. A higher education practicum in either administration or teaching, as well as directed consultation and research, is included.

Degree Plan

Requirements for a Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Higher Education:

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education (PDF)

Admission Criteria

Admission to doctoral study is restricted to applicants whose backgrounds show promise of scholarship in their field of study. For admission to the doctoral program, an applicant must submit:

  • Evidence of an earned Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts of all college or university work.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a professional colleague or former professor.
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores.
  • Other specific criteria may be required by concentrations within the Ph.D. program.

International Applicants:

  • Regardless of English proficiency documentation, all international students from non-English speaking countries will be evaluated for English proficiency upon arrival at UIW. If English proficiency is deemed lower than UIW's requirements, the student may not be allowed to take courses other than English as a Second Language until the deficiency is removed.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Arthur E. Hernández
Professor
210-283-6409
aeherna8@uiwtx.edu

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