Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations

Program Description

The world is changing, with dramatic demographic shifts in not only the population of the United States as a whole, but also in the world of higher education.

Now, become the most effective leader possible for these new populations with the online Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations from Notre Dame of Maryland University. You’ll gain hands-on experience with education practice and policy as you enhance your management and organizational experience. And when you graduate, you’ll be prepared to address the needs of colleges and universities with increasingly diverse populations.

  • 100% online coursework with no residency requirement
  • Affordable tuition and values-based curriculum
  • Rolling admission and multiple start dates
  • One weekend on campus for comprehensive exams

Potential Careers

  • University administration
  • Dean
  • Education researcher
  • College professor
  • Nonprofit director
  • Chief academic officer/Chief learning officer


Comprehensive Examinations

Prior to undertaking the dissertation, candidates must pass oral and written comprehensive examinations demonstrating knowledge both of the broad conceptual and procedural aspects of instruction for changing populations and in-depth knowledge in the area of specialization in which the candidate proposes to undertake the investigations that will result in the doctoral dissertation.

The comprehensive exam experience requires students to write essay answers demonstrating proficiency in writing, critical thinking, and holistic perspectives, and to demonstrate their ability to articulate their perceived roles as agents of change in education.


The dissertation is the culmination of the candidate’s doctoral studies. In this extended work of original and independent research, the candidate addresses a problem or issue relevant to education, conducts research that is quantitative or qualitative (depending on the chosen subject), and develops a dissertation that adds to knowledge in the field. After identifying the research topic and receiving approval from the dean of education, the candidate works closely with a dissertation advisor to complete each stage of the dissertation process. The candidate defends the dissertation before a committee formed by the dean of education in consultation with the advisor and the candidate. The committee includes faculty from the School of Education. Where relevant to the student’s research topic, the committee may also include a faculty member from a complementary discipline.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Ph.D. application
  • Official transcript(s) – Please provide all official transcripts from undergraduate, graduate and/or community college course work. Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official translated transcript. For information about a World Education Services (WES) course by course evaluation, please visit
  • Two letters of recommendation (see recommendation forms)
  • Personal statement
  • GRE or Miller Analogy Test Scores (if needed – please consult with your enrollment manager)

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Tuition And Financial Aid

  • Tuition: $625 per credit
  • Registration/Technology Fee (nonrefundable): $195 per term

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