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Ph.D. in Higher Education

These are the Ph.D. Higher Education degree requirements for those admitted Fall 2011 or later.

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 60
Practicum: Not Required
Comprehensive: Literature Review
Dissertation: Required

Length of the Program
Full-time students typically take three courses each term. Completion time for the dissertation depends on the topic selected and the diligence of the student. Time for degree completion, including the dissertation, is six years. (See GA&S Policy: Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements)

Continuous Enrollments
Doctoral students in higher education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing – Continuous Registration) This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

Curriculum Plan
Completion of the Ph.D. degree program requires 60 semester hours, a literature review, and a dissertation and oral defense. An internship experience is optional. Up to 30 semester hours of previously completed graduate work may be recommended for transfer by the student's advisor to meet the doctoral degree requirements.

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Core Courses (15 semester hours)
Students must earn a B- or better in these core courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Students may only repeat a core course once. If a grade of B- is not earned, the student will be dismissed from the program. Note: Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing - Grade Point Average.)

Elective Courses (9 semester hours selected)

Research Courses (12 semester hours selected)

* A basic understanding of introductory statistics is required for RMTD 421.  In addition to the six hours in the educational research core, students select one advanced research methods course to support their dissertation research and one additional elective.

Minor Courses (12 semester hours)

OPTION A: The completion of four graduate-level courses in a single field of study outside the School of Education (e.g., history, sociology, anthropology, management).

OPTION B: The completion of four graduate-level courses in one area in the School of Education (e.g., counseling, foundations of education). Coursework in higher education administration cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

OPTION C: An intellectually defensible minor developed in conjunction with a student's advisor consisting of two courses, each from options A and B (e.g., a minor in educational history, drawing on appropriate course work in history and educational leadership and policy studies).

Elective Courses (12 semester hours)
Previously completed graduate coursework may be considered for transfer to complete the minimum 60-semester-hour program requirement. Students may also select graduate courses from other academic departments or programs at Loyola to fulfill this requirement.

Comprehensive Assessment
A literature review is required.
Comprehensive application and instructions with due dates .


Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.