The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership (EPPL) with a specialization in Higher Education Administration is a terminal degree that prepares students for positions of leadership and administration who intend to continue to advance scholarship through research. The degree is composed of EPPL core courses, higher education core courses and electives, and an in-depth series of research courses that prepare students to conduct theoretical research for their dissertation. Ph.D. students are required to complete a residency requirement of nine credit hours each term for two consecutive terms.
Graduates who have attained the Ph.D. are employed in leadership and service positions in colleges, universities, community colleges, government agencies, research agencies, educational associations, and other post-secondary educational settings. They administer offices of student affairs, institutional assessment, international services, institutional research and serve as directors and researchers in government agencies. In addition, some graduates are contributing faculty members in a variety of types of colleges and universities.
[[jpbarber, Dr. James Barber]]