of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Higher
Education Administration is a research degree that prepares
individuals interested in teaching, research, and policy positions
in both community colleges and universities.
positions for graduates of this program would be:
faculty who intend to teach in universities in the field
of higher education,
who wish to teach in community colleges,
who seek positions that entail expertise in research and
researchers in colleges and universities, and
policy analysts in state and national higher education agencies
Requirements for Admission
Spring 2017 -
October 15, 2016
Summer & Fall 2017 - February
order to be admitted to the Ph.D. program, a student
to meet the following requirements:
Strongly Recommended Professional Experience:
- one or more years of relevant work experience in higher education.
addition, students need to submit the following information directly to the department when they apply for admission to
vita or a resume,
personal statement describing the student's professional goals and why he or she is applying to the program,
letters of recommendation from references familiar with
the student's academic and/or professional abilities.
the preferred method of submitting your application's Personal Goal Statements, Vita/Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation is to email them to Lisa Adkins at email@example.com. Note: Please have you recommender put your name and program in the subject line.
addition, the faculty of the Higher Education Program, strive
to provide scholarly experiences to enhance students doctoral
studies. To that end, numerous options are available to students
which include (but are not limited to) the possibilities listed
and critique at least two proposal and two dissertation
final defenses (two within the department and two outside,
a major part of a conference or a doctoral student colloquia/symposia,
and/or co-author at least one refereed journal article (must
in research project with a approved faculty member.
one national and none higher education conference,
a formal presentation on a research area of interest (to
faculty or at a professional meeting),
a professor to teach a course, including presenting or facilitating
several units, and/or
a significant job-shadowing experience with someone in a
position consistent with your professional goals.
of these options is dependent upon the availability of faculty.
Students should discuss with their faculty advisor which of
the activities would enhance their residency experience.
the end of the 2nd semester of the student's coursework or
before the student has completed 15 hours of graduate coursework,
the student will select a Program of Study Committee comprised
of a minimum of four credentialed faculty members, one of whom
serves as a chairperson, or two of whom serve as co-chairs.
One member must also be from outside the Department of Adult,
Career and higher Education. This committee will be responsible
for developing the student's Program of Study and designing
and evaluating his/her qualifying examination.
completing all coursework or during the last semester
of coursework, Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying examination.
The student and his/her major advisor can select one of three
options for planning and evaluating the qualifying examination.
1 -The exam integrates the work in the student's
specialization area, the cognate area, and required coursework.
The majority of students choose this option.
2 - The exam is composed of sub-tests covering the
specialization, the cognate area, the and required coursework.
3 - The student writes a formal, scholarly paper that
demonstrates integration and synthesis covering knowledge in
the specialization, the cognate area, and the required coursework.
This paper can not be used to fulfill part or all of the
dissertation requirements . The paper is evaluated by all
members of the student's Program of Study Committee.
Qualifying Exam Grading Rubric
completing all coursework and passing the qualifying exam, the
student is "admitted to candidacy." At this point, the student
will prepare a dissertation proposal that identifies the research
problem, surveys and evaluates the relevant literature, and
describes the plan for conducting the research. While working
on the dissertation, the student enrolls for a minimum of 24
Dissertation credit hours. Beginning with the semester immediately
following admission to candidacy, the doctoral student must
be continuously enrolled in dissertation hours (including summer
term) until the dissertation is successfully defended. Exceptions
to the continuous enrollment policy are possible, but a formal
request must be made in writing to the student's Major Professor.
student will defend the dissertation before a committee
comprised of a minimum of four members. The Dissertation Committee
members do not necessarily have to be the same as those
on the student's Program of Study Committee. In some instances,
a student's interest in a topic changes as s/he progresses through
the program and the student may wish to ask different faculty
members to be a part of his/her Dissertation Committee, especially
if these faculty members conduct research and/or have expertise
in the student's dissertation topic.