Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in higher education (two-year college leadership concentration) will prepare individuals for administrative careers in two-year college institutions.

The 63-hour program provides current professionals in the community college setting the necessary skills to make a positive leadership difference. The curriculum is 100% online and focuses on issues such as administrative philosophies, challenges, and governance of community colleges. The program also explores the knowledge of higher education as a field of study, as well as theory, practice, and scholarship.

Required Courses (21-27 hours)

All students within this program are required to complete 9 hours of Higher Education (“HIED”) Core, 12 hours of Research Core, 27 hours of Specialization requirements, and 15 hours of Dissertation minimum for a total of 63 hours.
An additional 6 hours may be required depending on the hours completed in the individual’s master’s program. (See “Graduation Requirements” for more details.)

HIED Core (Choose 9 hours)

Note: If you have no prior work experience in higher education, you will be required to complete HIED 7300 in addition to your other coursework.

HIED 8301 History and Philosophy of Higher Education (3 credit hours)
HIED 8345 Leadership Theory in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
HIED 8399 Dissertation Seminar (3 credit hours)

Research Core (Choose 12 hours)

Note: If you did not complete a research course in your master's program, you will be required to complete EDFN 7303 prior or enrolling in EDFN 7304.

EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics (3 credit hours)
EDFN 8305 Intermediate Statistics (3 credit hours)
EDFN 8306 Advanced Educational Research (3 credit hours)
EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Program Concentration Courses (42 hours)

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission is based upon a total profile of the applicant’s educational and professional background. It is expected that applicants have professional work experience. GRE requirements reflect the 2013-2014 GRE Guide to the Use of Scores.

Unconditional admission requirements include the following:
• Application for admission to the UALR Graduate School;
• Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field from a regionally accredited institution, original transcripts required;
• Cumulative Master’s degree GPA of 3.5 and GRE scores of 450 (old GRE score)/153 (new GRE score) on the Verbal and 450 (old GRE score)/144 (new GRE score) on the Quantitative sections of the exam, and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0;
• Three years of successful professional experience, or equivalent, in an area related to the degree program;
• College of Education Biographical Data Form;
• Interview with and approval of the Higher Education faculty.

Read more about admission requirements for this program. (PDF)
Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

The Doctorate of Education in higher education (two-year college leadership concentration) is a 63-69-hour online degree program (post-master’s) that includes 21 core hours, 27 specialization area hours, 15 dissertation hours, and a comprehensive examination as well as fulfillment of the College of Education residency requirement.
An additional 6 hours may be required depending on the hours completed in the individual’s master’s program.

• If you have no prior work experience in higher education, you will be required to complete HIED 7300 in addition to your other coursework.
• If you did not complete a research course in your master’s program, you will be required to complete EDFN 7303 prior or enrolling in EDFN 7304.

Graduation requirements:
• Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined in the Plan of Study
• Successfully passing the comprehensive examinations
• Successful completion and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation

Program Advisor

Dr. John Kuykendall | Interim Director
School of Education
501.569.3267 | jakuykendall@ualr.edu | School of Education website

Accreditation

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Existing Program Review Policy adopted in October 2008 requires the review of all academic programs every seven years. A major component of the policy is an internal review (self-study) by institutions and an external review by consultants of programs that do not have program-specific accreditation/licensure/certification. The institution’s self-study, consultants’ written evaluation, and the institution’s response to the consultants’ findings will be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The UALR higher education program has been approved until 2020. See: UALR Self Study Report

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383