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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Higher Education









Degree Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education, primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate adult learning styles in a specialized field of education. Capitalizing on critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview, this degree is primarily reserved for those interested in adding research skills in their vocations. After successfully negotiating the candidacy examination, all students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master's transcripts.

Concentration Description

The online Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in Higher Education is designed for educational professionals who are seeking an initial entry-level position as a college professor, researcher, or administrator or who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement. Students should have either a part-time or full-time position in a higher education institution or possess a background that is widely considered to be comparable to higher education.

Program Highlights

Length: 75 credit hour minimum
Format: Offered in a cohort model, students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in Higher Education. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after completion of 75 credit hours.
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Higher Education Instruction
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