Higher Education, Ph.D.

Admissions Deadline: February 1 (for fall semester start) or June 1 (for spring semester start). Applicants should ensure that all of the required materials are submitted by that date.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in higher education or student affairs, or concurrent admission to the Higher Education Master’s program; minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate study
  • Minimum 5 years (after completion of master’s degree) of work experience in student affairs and/or higher education administration.
  • Professional or academic writing sample
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one reference should be from a faculty member you had in class)
  • Interview required
  • International students: TOEFL

Financial Support

Program Contacts

It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants contact the department prior to submitting an application to the program. Email the Department of Higher Education at with questions or for more information.

Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment|315.443.2505
Speranza Migliore