Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

PhD in Higher Education


The Loyola University Chicago Higher Education program is a critical interdisciplinary program that prepares practitioner-scholars to embrace, articulate, and develop the real connections between theory and practice.  Through the study of social, cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in higher education, our program is based on the premise that regardless of role (student affairs practitioners, administrators, faculty, etc.), all higher education professionals ideally operate from a position of community cultural wealth, funds of knowledge, and intellectual acumen – all elements that are relational and in constant interaction with one another.  This graduate program takes an authentic hybrid approach to the study of higher education in all of its iterations, placing equal, dynamic value on the multiple, complex roles that higher education professionals and faculty play in this field.

Loyola Higher Education faculty and students recognize the power of alternative ways of knowing and being and stress the significance of students’ experiential knowledge. Students in this program explore the fundamental importance of power, identity, intersectionality, advocacy, and activism in education. Our faculty specialize in a broad range of topics including but not limited to:

  • social justice and education,
  • critical theory and pedagogy,
  • contexts of activism in education,
  • identity formation,
  • student development,
  • agency,
  • Multiracial students’ experiences in education,
  • undocumented students’ experiences in education,
  • African American and Latinx experiences in education,
  • academic labor,
  • international higher education, and
  • democracy and education.

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