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Considering a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration?

The Higher Education Leadership doctoral specialization will prepare you to take on senior administrative or faculty roles at institutions of higher education and related organizations. You’ll leave the program with a strong understanding of:

  • Higher education structures and systems
  • Equity and justice
  • How to be a transformational leader

This program is a 60-credit doctoral degree focused on research and on higher education administration.

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Designed to Fit Your Schedule

Focused on Professionals

If you’re already working at a higher education institution and looking to grow your knowledge and skills as a scholar-practitioner, this program is designed with you in mind.

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Hybrid Format

The coursework is primarily online with two face-to-face courses per year delivered at CSU’s main campus in Fort Collins. This combination helps to offer a flexible program from a reputable institution while allowing you to develop strong connections within your cohort.

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Advance Your Leadership in Higher Education

Asset 139 Comprehensive Curriculum

Develop the leadership and critical analytical skills you need to develop policies, and capably lead as a senior-level higher education professional.

Asset 344 Scholarship in Practice

Build research design skills and learn to contribute to the scholarship and knowledge within higher education from scholar-activist faculty.

Asset 317 Be a Transformational Leader

Gain and grow your commitment to equity and justice in higher education classrooms and administration.

Asset 361 Lead the Way

Become a leader in your institution’s commitment to access, equity, and educational outcomes.

Designed to Help You Meet Your Goals

You want to take on senior leadership roles on campus and in organizations, and learn how to apply research and theory to your practice.

This program will prepare you to advance your career in positions in a variety of areas, including:

  • Enrollment management
  • Student services
  • Higher education administration
  • Academic support leadership
  • Housing and auxiliary services

You’ll be able to apply what you’re learning in class to real-world situations, showing your current employer that you are committed to making an impact. Many of our students are promoted while still in the program.

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  • Connect with faculty and peers via online tools
  • Courses delivered online with annual in-person components on CSU’s main campus
  • Learn from nationally-renowned faculty of scholar-practitioners

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Our Graduate Programs Coordinator can answer your questions.

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Graduate Program Resources Useful Links

Asset 143 How to Apply

Our graduate programs have slightly different application requirements. Get all the details for your application here.

There are a number of funding opportunities available for our graduate programs.

Tips and timelines for what to expect on your doctoral journey.

Learn about our dedicated faculty and their areas of interest.

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