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Northcentral University | PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education

Students interested in pursuing a leadership role in an educational environment may be interested in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education program. Learn more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students must already hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. Previous work experience or academic work in education may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education program emphasizes academic research, scholarship, and systematic inquiry in the field of education. The program is designed to give students the chance to enhance their communications skills and competencies, including oral, written, and interpersonal communications. The higher education leadership specialization emphasizes the ethical, legal, and practical challenges of leadership in an educational environment.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

Minimum of 60 credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a Specialization in Leadership in Higher Education

Doctoral program coursework consists of research and statistics courses as well as 18 credits in the specialization area. Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

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Students choose six courses:

  • LHE 7004: Organization and Governance of Higher Education
  • LHE 7005: Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • LHE 7006: Student Affairs Leadership
  • LHE 7007: Strategic Enrollment Leadership
  • LHE 7008: Higher Education Finance
  • LHE 7010: Current Trends and Topics in Higher Education
  • LHE 7011: Foundations of Higher Education Leadership
  • LHE 7012: Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education
  • LHE 7013: Community College Curriculum and Program Development
  • LHE 7014: Introduction to the Community College

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This program can give students the chance to develop leadership and organizational development skills. These skills may prepare students for a variety of positions in higher education administration. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Education Professor
  • Student Affairs Director
  • Education Researcher
  • Educational Materials Designer/Producer

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