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What will I learn?

The 67-hour doctoral program prepares students for leadership roles in higher education administration, teaching, and research through an emphasis in integrating theory and practice. With a concentration in a variety of areas, students are able to achieve their personal goals. The degree has several required courses as well as electives. Electives are based on the student’s support field in a related discipline and must be approved by the committee chair.


Higher education is a broad-based area of knowledge and study that examines the management and coordination of programs, policies, and processes pertaining to colleges and universities. Programs, policies, and processes include issues associated with access, admission, assessment, curriculum, diversity, economics, enrollment, equity, faculty, finance, governance, law, learning, organizational behavior, philanthropy, policy, resource management, students, and teaching.

Arising from the desire to reform colleges and universities through the promotion of the study of higher education, the field encompasses a variety of professional options and career paths. In order to coordinate programs, policies, and processes in colleges and universities, higher education professionals representing a variety of knowledge, experiences and skills, are needed. Educators work to impact organizational systems and culture within colleges and universities through serving as administrators, faculty, researchers, and scholar practitioners.


Our program has a specific focus on infusing an equity minded agenda that is reflected in the courses we teach, the research we conduct, and the service we provide at the local, state, and national levels. Specifically, we offer areas of emphasis including higher education administration, student affairs administration and a certificate in college teaching for aspiring postsecondary instructors. We excel at graduating scholar practitioners.


We strive to prepare students to be equity-minded leaders in higher education in Texas and beyond.


We prepare future faculty members, administrators, and scholar-practitioners with interests in working at community colleges, four-year institutions, and state, and national organizations.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Creating equitable access and participation for underrepresented and disenfranchised populations in our communities and postsecondary institutions

Mentoring and Teaching: Challenging and supporting students through quality mentoring and teaching

Knowledge Development: Developing critical consumers and producers of knowledge.

Service: As a land grant institution, we embrace service to our diverse communities


We welcome prospective students who want to engage with a community of scholars devoted to advancing research, policies, and practice focused on pressing issues in higher education. We have faculty members, administrators, and graduate students committed to being leaders at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Our program offers opportunities to

Work alongside faculty as research collaborators
Make a meaningful opportunity to contribute to national discourses in higher education and student affairs
Engaged learning community
Serve or lead at the national level
Apply academic learning and teaching in professional practice
Individualized and tailor the educational experience based on personal goals


Career paths in higher education vary widely, and are dependent on academic qualifications and job responsibilities required within and across colleges and universities.

Which department am I in?

School of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (67 hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,558.00 per year
The above fee is for 2022-2023 College Station Graduate Fall and Spring (Amounts are based on 9 credit hours per semester); 2021-2022 College Station Graduate Summer: USD $3,173 (Amounts are based on 3 credit hours per semester)
Start date

Expected August 2023


School of Education and Human Development

801 Harrington Tower,



77843, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL score of 600 (paper test); PTE Academic score of 68.

For international students

You are an international graduate applicant if you:

are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (or applicant for permanent residency)

you have not graduated from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas

hold a bachelor’s or professional degree (or equivalent)

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

Minimum TOEFL i-BT score of 80 (in person or Home Edition) from a test date within two years (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
Minimum TOEFL Essentials score of 8.5, or
Minimum IELTS Academic test score of 6.0 overall band (Texas A&M University does not accept the IELTS General test), or
GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval), or
GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval), or
Acquiring alternative verification during the admission process from the Graduate and Professional School via a departmental request.


*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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