Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) - Student Affairs

Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) - Student Affairs

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Higher Education Core Courses
EDUC 758Teaching the College Student3
EDUC 759College and University Administration3
EDUC 782Historical Perspectives of Higher Education3
EDUC 783Economic Impact in Higher Education3
EDUC 784Assessment & Accreditation3
Total Hours15
Student Affairs Cognate
EDUC 785Current Issues and Trends in Student Affairs3
EDUC 786Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs3
EDUC 787Legal Issues and Policies in Student Affairs3
EDUC Elective 13
Total Hours12

Choose any 700-800 level EDUC course except EDUC 798 Advanced Research and Writing (3 c.h.)

Research Courses
EDUC 812Advanced Educational Statistics3
EDUC 815Quantitative Methods of Research3
EDUC 817Qualitative Methods of Research3
EDUC 860Literature Review for Advanced Research3
EDUC 980Research Concepts & Methodology 13
Choose one of the following:3
Advanced Quantitative Methods of Research
Advanced Qualitative Methods of Research
Total Hours18

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase (after completion of EDUC 980), he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed

Dissertation Courses
EDUC 987Dissertation I 15
EDUC 988Dissertation II 15
EDUC 989Dissertation III 15
EDUC 990Dissertation IV0
Total Hours15

Ph.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDUC 987 Dissertation I (5 c.h.), EDUC 988 Dissertation II (3,5 c.h.), EDUC 989 Dissertation III (3,5 c.h.) only one time. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the School of Education

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful defense of dissertation
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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