The doctoral degree programs in Higher Education at the University of North Texas provide you valuable opportunities to:
The Doctor of Philosophy degree serves students interested in scholarly research, exploration and teaching of higher education. This degree is appropriate if you want to be in a(n):
The Doctor of Education degree is for students interested in applying theory and research to higher education. The degree qualifies you for a(n):
The curricula for each degree program focus on teaching and practicing academic integrity and ethical behaviors as professionals and individuals.
Our faculty members have published more than two dozen books, monographs and book chapters and more than 100 refereed journal articles. Their research areas include leadership in higher education, higher education policy and finance, access and equity, institutional effectiveness, professoriate, student affairs and student development. They've also:
The program is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). CPED is a consortium of colleges and schools of education that aims to improve the quality of doctorate in education.
The Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education supports research in the community college field and prepares students for leadership positions in community colleges. The center also houses the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.
The Higher Education Development Initiative explores the impact of trends and legislation on higher education domestically and internationally. Participants pursue collaboration in research and higher education development in underserved regions and countries with other governmental and private agencies.
The program admissions committee uses a holistic review process and considers the following criteria:
Admission to the doctoral programs requires applying to the Toulouse Graduate School and sending three recommendation forms to the higher education program office. The graduate school's specific admission requirements are outlined in the catalog or on the Graduate School website.
The recommendation forms are available from the program office and, when completed, should be sent to:
UNT Higher Education Program
c/o Doctoral Admissions Coordinator
1155 Union Circle #310829
Denton, TX 76203-5017
International applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your native language. For more information about international admissions, visit the UNT-International website.
After faculty members have reviewed these materials through a holistic process, you may be invited for an interview.
Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs
March 1 for fall enrollment
Oct. 1 for spring enrollment
After completing the required course work, you must pass the program's written and oral qualifying exams before beginning your dissertation.
Our department, the College of Education and the graduate school fund several scholarships to help you pursue your graduate education. Some graduate and research assistant positions are also available. For more information on the scholarships and assistant positions, visit our website.
Beverly L. Bower, Professor and Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair; Ph.D., Florida State University. Community colleges; leadership; women leaders in higher education.
V. Barbara Bush, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University. Leadership; racial and ethnic diversity; women in higher education; student development; management; student affairs.
P. Daniel Chen, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator; Ph.D., Florida State University. Student learning and success; spirituality in higher education; institutional effectiveness; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; technology in higher education.
Marc Cutright, Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Development Initiative; Ed.D., University of Tennessee. Comparative international higher education; academic administration; the professoriate; planning for higher education; academic publishing.
Barrett Taylor, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Higher education policy and finance; organizational theory; sociology and higher education.
Jason Simon, Associate Vice Provost, Data, Analytics, & Institutional Research; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Institutional research, alumni relation.
Gwenn Pasco, Assistant Dean for the College of Education; Ed.D., Columbia University. Student cultures; organization and administration; residence life; student affairs administration; retention and academic effectiveness.