Dec 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studies in Higher Education, PhD

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The PhD Program Studies in Higher Education requires research on some aspect of higher education, broadly defined. Students may select an area of concentration from the history and philosophy of higher education, the socio-cultural study of higher education, legal and organizational study of higher education, or research, measurement, and evaluation in higher education. Ph.D. dissertations are expected to advance knowledge in the field and/or further develop existing theory.  

In addition to the above areas of concentration, the Studies in Higher Education PhD also has two optional Specializations: 

  • A PhD Studies in Higher Education specialization in Institutional Research (SHED-IR) prepares students to identify information needs; collect, analyze, interpret, and report data and information for planning and evaluation; and assist organizations in utilizing these data and information to make informed decisions. 

  • A PhD Studies in Higher Education specialization in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (SHED-DEI) prepares students for high-level administrative positions in diversity, equity, and inclusiveness leadership in higher education settings. This specialization includes completion of a nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership. 


Admission Requirements  

  • UK Graduate School Application 

  • Official transcripts for all previous coursework completed at any institution of higher education,  

  • A master’s degree or equivalent level of coursework 

  • A statement of purpose describing the student’s intellectual and professional goals for completing the program. Applicants are advised to clearly indicate the areas of coursework and research they wish to pursue. 

  • For those wishing to specialize in Institutional Research or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, an additional application essay is required. 

  • Four letters of reference with at least two from referees familiar with the students’ academic work 

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

  • Writing sample demonstrating academic writing (e.g. chapter of master’s thesis, course paper, scholarly essay) 

  • Application Deadlines October 1st and February 1st 


Degree Requirements

  • 43 Credit hours 

  • A student’s program of study may vary from this structure with approval from their program committee. 

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