Higher Education Administration | Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The goals of the Department of Higher Education Administration are generated through a firm commitment to its philosophy statement:
- To prepare reflective practitioners committed to excellence in service to others.
- To instill four "habits" within our students: the habit of service, the habit of inquiry and research, the habit of self-examination and reflection, and the habit of leadership within a community of scholars.
- To offer students an excellent professional education and a sound background within a liberal tradition of education.
- To reaffirm and strengthen a commitment of service to the community.
[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is highly recommended to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.
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|Fall: July 1 (International: May 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or GMAT or LSAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations (highly recommended)
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|Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)|
|Summer: April 1|
Tel. No.: 314.977.4062
|Program Director: Karen A. Myers, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Lindsey Woodard
Assistantship Application Deadlines:
- Fall semester: March 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying materials
- TOEFL or IELTS score
- SLU Writing Exam
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Application reviewed by committee
- An above-average GPA
- A review of GRE or GMAT or LSAT or MAT scores
- A review of TOEFL scores and SLU Writing Exam (for International applicants)
Application Review Process: The program has a year-round, rolling application process that is reviewed by committee.
The program draws from a large pool of qualified applicants
In terms of enrolled students, this is the largest graduate program
Rankings/Honors: All programs are nationally accredited.
Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 72 hours beyond the bachelor's degree. A minimum of 60 hours of course work. A minimum of 30 hours of course work taken at Saint Louis University, excluding two (2) research prerequisites. A minimum residency requirement of two (2) continuous semesters approved by the student's advisor. Successful completion of a one-day written comprehensive exam at the conclusion of the student's course work. Successful completion of a two-hour oral examination after completion of a dissertation proposal approved by the student's dissertation committee. Successful completion of a doctoral dissertation proposal approved by the student's dissertation committee. In addition to the above requirements, the student must adhere to all university regulations stipulated in the General Bulletin.
Program Description: This degree is intended for those students interested in pursuing careers in higher education and/or administration, the Doctor of Philosophy degree program is designed for students seeking a strong emphasis on research, focused on the relationship of theory to practice in higher education, leadership and administration. | Higher Education Admin. Ph.D. program
Careers Possibilities: Graduates of this program enjoy faculty appointments as well as professional positions in fields such as academic affairs, enrollment management, student personnel and institutional research. | Career Services
Curriculum & Program Details: Two words describe this program: quality and demanding. Students are already educational professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and advance their careers. Students come to learn and perform with a certain position already in mind.
About the Higher Education Faculty: All full-time faculty members are engaged in current, active research in educational topics. | Educational Leadership & Higher Education Faculty
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Assistantships are available in the Department of Higher Education Administration. Information on other financial aid opportunities is available through Student Financial Services. Almost all students are part-time with full-time, professional positions. | ELHE Graduate Assistants page | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: Most courses are taught by current and former administrators in the field of higher education and student affairs, many of whom are active in local, regional, national, and international professional associations.