PhD in Higher Education
The PhD in Higher Education program draws upon a rich, interdisciplinary theoretical and research base to illuminate thought and practice in postsecondary education in the United States. Students gain holistic and critical perspectives on college and university policies and practices. More specifically, students examine the roots of scientific inquiry and its bearing on research in the field of education. In addition to research-based coursework, a focused dissertation research project that advances knowledge in the field of higher education is required.
Students are prepared for a career in college teaching and educational research as well as for administrative positions in higher education institutions, higher education-related agencies, boards, and commissions. This degree is conferred by The Graduate School. Typically several years of full-time work experience (i.e., administration and/or teaching) in higher education is required.
- Focus on socially just, critical, reflective, and ethical professional practice prepares students for careers as leaders in higher education.
- Loyola's metropolitan Chicago location provides students with numerous opportunities for internships and professional experiences with a wide array of institutional types.
- Small cohorts allow greater collaboration with program faculty for greater support. This includes opportunities to serve on research teams.
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The Higher Education program Terry E. Williams Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions through scholarship and service to the larger higher education profession. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education's alumni reception in the fall.