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.

Degree Overview | Admissions | Initial Registration Requirement | Faculty | Cost & Financial Support


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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Admissions

Application Deadlines

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 Materials

  • All official transcripts
    (Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
    (Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to:  graduatetranscripts@auburn.edu
  • Graduate Record Examination Score —
    Competitive Scores:  470/151 Verbal; 640/151 Quantitative; 4.0/Competent Writing
  • Statement of Intent
  • 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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Faculty

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Cost & Financial Support

Scholarships Available
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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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