Learn to be a leader.
UToledo’s doctoral program in higher education provides professional development for those working in higher education and those planning to pursue a second career.
The United States has about 4,000 accredited institutions of higher education. All of them need dedicated professionals to manage business operations, student programs, residence halls, advising, scheduling, admissions and other functions.
The University of Toledo’s Ph.D. program in Higher Education will prepare you for a thriving career in this diverse professional landscape.
The Ph.D. program in Higher Education is a 60 credit-hour program that operates in a cohort model. The program culminates with original dissertation research focused on a problem in higher education based on your interests and goals.
The next cohort for the Ph.D. program will begin in spring 2023.
Learn more about graduate tuition and fees.
The doctoral program in Higher Education is offered via a combination of online and face-to-face delivery methods. Our master's program in Higher Education is offered 100% online.
Real-world experience. UToledo’s higher education Ph.D. program offers you practical experiences to give you a deeper understanding of higher education issues and policy.
Caring community. The program follows a cohort model and cultivates a network of colleagues with whom you can problem solve and share ideas throughout the rest of your career.
Convenient classes. Classes follow a hybrid format to meet the needs of working professionals. They combine evening or Saturday meetings via WebEx or in person, video conference, and online modules.
Leadership skills are a critical part of our higher education program.
Research support. UToledo is home to the John H. Russel Center for Educational Leadership. The center promotes the development of educational leaders. The Russel Center Scholarship supports the research activity of all students in the Higher Education program.
Higher Education Student Association. Join this active student organization and develop a higher education network.
UToledo higher education Ph.D. program graduates have experienced tremendous success. They have gone on to attain college and university presidencies, vice presidencies, deanships and other leadership positions, including:
UToledo encourages our graduate students to present, write and publish. Funds are available to help pay for travel to conferences. The Russel Center Scholarship is geared to support the research activity of all students in the Higher Education program.
Ph.D. students complete a dissertation with the support of the higher education faculty.
View all completed dissertations
Dr. Edward Janak
Department of Educational Studies