The PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with anoption in Higher Education is a research-focused degree designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to lead in a complex, contemporary higher education environment. Our curriculum and professional development activities link research
and practice, providing you with both empirical knowledge and innovative skills.Our graduates go on to serve as leaders, administrators, faculty and policy analysts
in higher education and higher education adjacent organizations across the country
and around the world.
Designed for working professionals, but flexible enough for full time students, our
hybrid-delivery cohort-based program is a minimum of 63 hours beyond the master’s
degree. It is designed for you to complete six credit hours during fall, spring and
most summers. Only three in-person days are required each fall and spring semester
at the Stillwater campus for hybrid courses and professional development. The remainder
of coursework and meetings are completed online in synchronous or asynchronous mode.
With an 85% completion rate, our hybrid format allows you to further your education
and career while maintaining other core responsibilities - you can keep your day job.
We offer an international higher education class that may include overseas travel.
Our dual degree master’s and doctoral programs with the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, Mexico, allow students to take coursework
from both OSU and UPAEP and earn either a master’s or doctoral degree from both institutions. We
also have a long history of international collaborations.
Our student-oriented faculty are grounded in the history and mission of higher education
and are attuned to emerging trends in global higher education. We focus on equipping
contemporary professionals for the diverse context of today’s world.
Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum graduate GPA required)
Two letters of recommendation, with a minimum of one that speaks to your ability to
be successful in graduate work
Personal statement (2-3 pages, double spaced) with the following sections:
Why you wish to complete a PhD and why is now the right time for you
Higher education and related experience preparing you for a PhD
Career goals/how you hope to utilize PhD
Your support systems for degree completion (existing and planned, people and systems)
Your research interests
A list of your previous coursework in statistics and/or research design with associated
completion dates (should be identifiable on transcripts submitted); this coursework
not required for acceptance to the program.
Current TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants (required to establishEnglish proficiency)
Interview: Program faculty may request an interview with the applicant.