Higher Education Program

2019 Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort

This doctoral cohort-based program is designed to prepare faculty, professional staff, and administrators for leadership positions. The cohort will be limited to 15 members and will begin in the spring semester of 2019. Two 8-week courses are offered back-to-back each semester. Each course meets virtually six Tuesdays from 5 to 10 pm, and in person two Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm in at the University of Toledo.  All students are required to participate in two 2-week summer leadership academies that focus on college and university leadership and policy issues -- one academy in the US, where we will spend one week in Washington, DC and one week in Columbus, OH, and one academy in one or more other countries (TBA) for two weeks.  All students participate in a policy internship course, where members work in groups on policy projects. 

2019 Doc Cohort Schedule

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Total Credits:  61 credit hours 


  • A completed College of Graduate Studies admissions form.
  • A baccalaureate degree granted by an accredited institution, with a preferred minimum GPA of 2.7.
  • A master's degree granted by an accredited institution, with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions attended.
  • A letter indicating your reasons for and commitment to pursuing a doctoral degree and a career in the field of higher education.
  • A 1,000-word essay that discusses the most critical issue facing four-year colleges today, the reasons for choosing this issue, and the implications of the issue for the future of four-year colleges.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals who can speak knowledgeably about your ability to conduct research and to write at the doctoral level.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.

The deadline for applications for the Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort is October 19 November 9, 2018. (Application deadline has been extended by 3 weeks.)

Interviews will be held November 30, 2018 and December 1, 2018, with admission decisions being made shortly thereafter.


 Contact Information

Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti
Coordinator, Doctoral Program
Department of Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, and Special Education
Gillham Hall 1000C, MS 954
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-2728

Last Updated: 10/29/18