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The Ph.D. program draws in students from all over the US and world due to its comprehensive curriculum, nationally recognized faculty, and emphasis on scholarship, mentorship, and leadership. The Ph.D. program prepares individuals with the skills to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations, and create new knowledge. In addition to core courses, a combination of experiences, including seminars, programs, and international study abroad opportunities, complement students' learning.
Our signature 5:5:5 approach lets students build a personalized plan of study based on their academic and career goals, including academic, administrative, and policy-related careers
Our program is 1 of 4 programs in the U.S. with a specialized focus on International Education among over 350+ programs listed in NASPA’s Graduate Program Directory
We believe mentorship is essential for professional development and academic success, so students work closely with their academic advisors throughout the program and are assigned peer advisors to help with their transition to the program
Ph.D. students begin their program at our premiere annual event: the Summer Institute, a national event where students engage one-on-one with faculty members and build strong, supportive relationships with each other
This course examines policy-in-action to help students understand how policies are developed at the organizational, state, and national levels, while gaining an understanding of the interplay of public perception and policymaking that can impact university operations. Students will explore the process by which policies are made, and they will consider why some problems are escalated to the public agenda, why some solutions are adopted and others rejected, and why some policies appear to succeed while others seem to fail.
An exploration of the legal issues facing higher education in the United States. Topics to be discussed include the foundations from which higher education law emerges, current case law, state and federal statutory law, and contract law, as well as risk management and liability issues. Students may have the opportunity to visit the Supreme Court and to view oral arguments. Additionally, the course will address the ethical issues faced when shaping and implementing institutional policy, curriculum, and procedures.
An exploration of how organizational structures, behavior, culture, and context influence institutional governance and administration. In-class activities examine the approaches institutions use in decision-making. Through discussion of assigned readings, current events, and guest lectures, students learn how institutions govern themselves and the effects of various governance practices. Case studies, role playing, and active discussion allow students to apply theoretical perspectives to the practical workings of higher education administration.
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Higher Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Ph.D. applicants must apply by February 1st to begin in the summer semester. All applicants must have a completed Master's degree from a regionally accredited university. To apply to the program:
Completed an online application and pay application fee;
Upload unofficial transcripts from previous educational institutions;
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT of at least 80.
Applicants also upload supplemental materials including:
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.