Ph.D. in Education – Higher Education

Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 75+

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Higher Education is an online degree that will prepare you to teach or to work as a postsecondary administrator. The research-based Ph.D. will prepare you more specifically for a career in academia. You will gain a deeper understanding of college administration as you explore how key theories inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice.

  • Examine historical and contemporary issues in higher education and gain vital skills in critical thinking, scholarly research and writing.
  • Develop knowledge of the practical aspects of higher education administration including finance, program evaluation, organizational theory, law and governance, and strategic planning.

Career Opportunities:

  • Division Chair
  • Academic Dean
  • University Faculty

Application Process – Doctoral Programs (Ph.D.)

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

Fee Waiver: Attend a graduate School of Education on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.  

Step 3: Graduate Program Academic Paper
Please submit a scholarly reviewed, academic writing sample, on a journal article topic related to your concentration.  Your submission needs to be at least five pages in length (preferably research based) and with at least five scholarly references. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 4: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 5: Current Resume
Provide a professional resume of employment and accomplishments, including copies of published materials. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SOE Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 6: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire
Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete, but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objects with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an enrollment counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 7: GRE Scores

Arrange to have official GRE scores (no more than five years old) sent directly to Regent University. Regent ETS code: 5135

  • For more information or to register for the GRE, visit www.ets.org.

Step 8: Admissions Interview
If an interview is necessary, the admissions office will contact you to schedule an appointment. The interview can be conducted on campus or over the phone and typically takes about an hour.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Ed.S. $715 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)
Ed.D. & Ph.D. $775 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

(The Ed.S. program & tuition rate counts toward the first 31 credit hours of the Ed.D./Ph.D. Remaining credit hours toward a doctoral degree incur the higher tuition rate.)

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Orientation $50 (one-time fee)
Blackboard Orientation $50 (one-time fee)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

2018 Residency: July 9-12 on the Virginia Beach Campus

Residency Information

The Ed.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs are committed to the historical foundations of the specialist and applied doctoral degree in which a community of scholars and experts is created among faculty-mentors, successful professionals in the field, and learners. Regent University mirrors historical tradition by using intensive residencies. Residencies occur in the summer, and they allow learners to interface with faculty and other students to provide specialized professional experiences outside the usual course of study and provide interaction with various constituencies. In view of this goal, waiving residency requirements will not be considered. Residencies are required, with 2 credit hours being awarded for each residency. Residency takes place on the Virginia Beach Campus for four days (Monday - Thursday).

The 2018 residency is July 9-12 on our Virginia Beach campus.

The information below is designed to help you get acquainted with the area as you prepare for travel. Additional info concerning lodging, schedules, expectations, maps, and other pertinent details can be found on the Blackboard Residency Organization site, which is updated regularly. If you have any additional questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Campus and Local Area

Travel Information

  • By Air: Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is approximately 9 miles (15 min.) from Regent University. Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is approximately 35 miles (45 min.) from Regent. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is approximately 92 miles (1 hr. 30 min.) from Regent. If you are staying at The Founders Inn and will be arriving at Norfolk International Airport, you may call the hotel to make arrangements for the shuttle to pick you up from the airport. (757) 424-5511 – Ask for Guest Services.

Ph.D. Requirements

A Ph.D. student will (a) complete 21 hours associated with the Ed.D. core curriculum, (b) complete 24-26 hours associated with an Ed.D. concentration, (c) complete an additional 9 hours of research related credit, (d) complete 6 hours of summer residency (three one-week, on-campus residencies), and (e) complete 15 hours of dissertation research credit—the total program is 75-77 hours. The candidacy examination will be administered during the final semester of coursework. A candidate for the Ph.D. degree must present an acceptable research-based dissertation. The dissertation demonstrates that the candidate has technical competence in the field and has done research of an independent character. It must add to or modify what was previously known in the candidate’s field of interest, or present a significant interpretation of the subject based upon original investigation and research.

Research Related Credit:

Ph.D. students are required to take the following courses:

EDCO 801 Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation (3 credits)

EDCO 802 Analysis of Variance (1 credit)

EDCO 803 Regression & Correlation (1 credit)

EDCO 804 Structure & Reliability Analysis (1 credit)

EHEA 805 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (3 credits)

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