Educational Studies, Ph.D. Higher Education Concentration


The Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Higher Education is intended for experienced college administrators and qualified scholars. Our 60-credit hour program builds upon students’ scholar-practitioner identity, honoring work experience as a critical part of the theory to practice dialogue. The program seeks to enhance students’ understanding of the most current theories of student development, ways to promote equity in higher education, educational research, and organizational and legal frameworks for practice. Graduates of the program develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for investigating, understanding, and shaping the dynamic relations among students, institutions of higher education, and society.

Program Distinctions

  • The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • $2.4 million in scholarships, tuition relief, and financial assistantship are provided to School of Education students each year.
  • The School of Education at UNCG prepares more education professionals than any other university in the Piedmont Triad region.

The Student Experience

  • Ph.D. students consult with their advisor to select a coherent set of concentration courses focusing around specific problems related to theory, policy, or practice in higher education.
  • Students explore careers as scholar-practitioners in areas such as student affairs, Higher Education faculty, and university leadership.

After Graduation

Graduates of the program will possess the skill required and will be well-prepared for continued success as higher education administrators, researchers, and educators.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Doctoral

College/School: School of Education

Program Type: Concentration

Class Type: In Person

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Dr. Dale Schunk
Program Director