Administration of Higher Education Ph.D.

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Do you want to become a leader in higher education? Explore our program. With the opportunities provided by this degree, you could have a career as an administrator, researcher, policy-maker, or faculty member.

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Degree Overview

Our Ph.D. program is extremely flexible.  You and your advisor work together to determine the best set of courses for you to take.  Most students end up distributing their coursework as follows:

Core Courses – 48 hours

This set of courses includes both Administration of Higher Education courses as well as  Adult Education courses.

Foundations Courses – 6 hrs

You and your advisor select 2 classes within the Educational Psychology and/or Foundations area to complete this section.

Research Courses – 15 hrs

There are 9 required hours.  The remaining 6 hours are open for you to select in consultation with your advisor.

Doctoral Seminar – 6 hrs

In order to provide students with support during the preparation and writing of their dissertation defenses, they complete two doctoral seminars.

Elective Courses – 6 hrs

Consult with your advisor for the best courses to take.  These courses may be from outside of the department.

Dissertation – 10 hrs

Each student must complete at least 10 hrs of dissertation credit.

Transfer Work – Up to 30 hrs

Up to 30 hours of transfer work (usually from a Master’s degree) can be applied to this section.  Alternatively, you can take more elective hours for this section.

Higher Education Administration Course descriptions
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Application Deadlines

  • February 1 (for Fall semester start)
  • October 1 (for Spring semester start)
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Admission Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Administration of Higher Education program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Application Requirements

For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • All official transcripts
  • Statement of Intent
    • Clearly describe your reason for pursuing the program (i.e., How a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Auburn University will help you to achieve your goals)
    • Describe your research interests in Higher Education
    • Identify who you might work with in the program (e.g., program faculty) and why
    • Make it clear that the personal statement is specific to the Auburn University Program and Program Faculty
  • 3 letters of recommendation
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Initial Registration Requirement

Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.

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Cost & Financial Support


Financial Support

Assistantships and Scholarships

  • Auburn’s Division of Student Affairs offers information for the Placement of Graduate Assistants.
  • Imogen Mathison Mixson Endowment Graduate Award
    • Enrolled in either master’s or doctoral program in Administration of Higher Education
    • Preference to applicants from the Wiregrass area of Alabama (to include the counties of Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston)
  • James R. & France R. Molnar Endowment Graduate Award
    • Minimum 3.5 GPA
    • Educational Leadership doctoral student
    • Planning to work as an administrator in P-12 or Higher Education
  • William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
  • JoAnn Granberry Murrell
    • Fully admitted to College of Education
    • Part-time or Full-time student
    • Enrolled in EFLT program
    • Demonstrate financial need
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