Higher Education Program (PhD)

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY - HIGHER EDUCATION (Ph.D)

Dr. Benjamin Welsh
Coordinator, Higher Education Program
Banneker Building #315A
Tel: (443) 885-3748
E-mail: benjamin.welsh@morgan.edu

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Mission

The Ph.D. Program in Higher Education at Morgan State University is a research doctorate in higher education as a field of study, which is designed for those persons whose interests are primarily related to high quality professional preparation to pursue career fields in which research and other scholarly skills are absolutely essential. As an essentially competency-based program that focuses more on learning than the mere accumulation of credits, the Ph.D. in Higher Education Program has as its broad mission the preparation of professors, scholars, policy analysts, and administrators who can assume leadership roles in either the public or private sector.

Program Objectives

To provide a strong but flexible research oriented doctorate in higher education as a field of study, especially for practicing professionals interested in attaining or improving their positions as professors, researchers and policy analysts in the public and private sectors of higher education.

To strengthen and enhance the research capacity of the University and its ability to broaden its higher education research agenda.

To offer advanced educational opportunities for practicing professions that want to improve their competencies in the field but who may not be interested in pursuing the degree.

To strengthen the University's efforts in the area of diversity and its competitive advantage, particularly in recruiting, admitting and graduating students from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

To complement existing doctoral programs, especially to assure more collaborative and cooperative research across educational levels.

To provide an additional level of competencies for those persons whose goal is college/university administration.

Special Admissions Requirements

Official transcripts of all academic work completed at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education, with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for the last two years of undergraduate work; and a GPA of 3.5 or better on all postgraduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Official results of national entrance examinations such as GRE (verbal and quantitative sections), the MAT or the GMAT.
International students, whose native language is not English, must provide a TOEFL score of 550 or higher and demonstrate through the required written documentation and interview that they have requisite verbal and analytical skills needed to successfully complete the program.

2-3 page written statement of applicant's philosophy and career goals in higher education.

A current resume or curriculum vita, documenting professional experiences.

Samples of professional writing, including publications and research proposal abstracts, if available.

Personal interview.

Residency Requirements

Part-time candidates for the Ph.D. degree will satisfy residency requirements by completing 18 credit hours over a period of three consecutive semesters (not including summer). Full-time doctoral candidates must complete two consecutive semesters, carrying 9 credit hours each semester, to satisfy residency requirements. Upon completion of the course requirements and the comprehensive examination, the candidate must complete RDHE 998-Dissertation Seminar (6 credits) and RDHE 999-Dissertation Project
(6 credits), and continue to register for RDHE 997-Dissertation Guidance (3 credits) each semester until the dissertation has been successfully defended.
All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed within a period of seven consecutive years. The granting of a leave of absence by the School of Graduate Studies does not automatically extend this time limit.

General Requirements

PhD in HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION Program of Study 

General Requirements: 72 credit hours[1]

Core/Foundations Courses (required)

 

ASLP 600 Introduction to Doctoral Studies
(formerly RDHE 701-Pro-Seminar)

3

RDHE 702 – Historical Foundations of HE

3

RDHE 703 – Multiculturalism and Diversity in HE

3

RDHE 704 – Higher Education Policy Analysis

3

RDHE 731 – Governance and Coordination in HE

3

ASLF 601 – Finance and Budgeting 

3

RDHE 727/ASLJ 601 – Legal Aspects of Higher Education

3

ASLP 601 – Politics of HE

3

 RDHE 720/ASLS 640 – Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

3

Required Core (subtotal)

27

Core Elective

 

Choose one of the following:

RDHE 722 – Organizational Theory (3)
RDHE 705 – Quality Assurance and Accountability in HE (3)
RDHE 706—Technology in HE (3)

3

Elective Core (subtotal)

3

TOTAL CORE CONTENT COURSE CREDIT HOURS

30

 

Research Methods Courses

 

Introductory Methods
(Pre-requisites may be required depending upon prior coursework)

 

EDSR 622—Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

3

EDSR 624—Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

3

Choose one of the following:
EDSR 819—Quantitative Data Analysis II (3)
Or
EDSR 631—Quantitative Research (Stats II) (3)

3

Introductory Methods (subtotal)

9

Pre-requisites

 

EDSR 719—Quantitative Data Analysis I (3)

 

EDSR 604—Educational Research Methods (3)

 

EDSR 630—Quantitative Research (Stats I) (3)

 

Total Pre-requisites (subtotal)

0

Advanced Methods

 

Choose two of the following:
EDSR 628—Applied Social Research
(RDHE) 627—Mixed Methods
EDSR 818—Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
EDSR 829—Advanced Qual. Field Research
(RDHE) 739—Management and Analysis of Large Data Sets

6

Advanced Methods (subtotal)

6

TOTAL RESEARCH METHODS

15

 

Specialization

 

RDHE 885 – Internship in Higher Education  (required)

3

Specialization Electives (see below* for sample specializations)
(to be determined with advisor)

12

TOTAL SPECIALIZATION CREDIT HOURS

15

 

Dissertation Preparation (i.e. ‘Capstone’ Methods Course)

 

EDSR 889—Research Practicum

3

 

Dissertation Courses (completed independently with dissertation chair)

9

RDHE 998—Dissertation Seminar

6

RDHE 997—Dissertation Guidance (students re-register for this course until the dissertation is defended)

3

TOTAL MINIMUM DISSERTATION CREDITS

9

PROGRAM TOTAL

72

 

*Sample Specializations (15 credits)

The Specialization should be developed in consultation with your Advisor, and should provide depth and focused study in one or two areas. Below are two possible specializations, but are not the only options. Courses may be taken from outside the School of Education to complete your concentration with the permission of your Advisor.

Student Affairs Specialization (Courses currently offered)

RDHE 725 American College Student (3)
RDHE 735 Student Affairs Administration (3)
RDHE 745 Student Development Theory (3)
RDHE 755 Urban & Special Mission Institutions (3)
RDHE 765 Counseling Urban & Special Population College Students (3)
Courses may be substituted where appropriate



[1] The minimum number of credit hours of coursework that must be taken at MSU is 30 credit hours or 48% of the total, when the nine (9) Dissertation hours are excluded. The transfer or waiver of relevant courses taken by incoming students at other accredited institutions will be considered on a student-by-student, case-by-case basis.

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