Saint Louis University

The goals of the Higher Education Administration Program 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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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
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)
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: April 1
Tel. No.: 314-977-4062
Program Director: Karen A. Myers, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Yvonne Fisher


Assistantship Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: March 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

English Proficiency scores required for all international students; regardless if an applicant has previously attended an U.S. institution. Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Application reviewed by committee
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE or GMAT or LSAT or MAT scores
  • A review of English proficiency scores (for internationa applicants)
  • SLU Writing Exam (SLUWE) if admitted (for International applicants)

Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed upon completion by a committee. Application status can viewed at:
Apply Web >>Manage Your Account >>View Checklist

Admission Statistics

  • 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 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. A minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework. A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework taken at Saint Louis University, excluding two (2) research prerequisites. Successful completion of a one-day written comprehensive exam at the conclusion of the student's coursework. 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.

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. | College of Education faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Assistantships are available within the School of Education. Information on other financial aid opportunities is available through Student Financial Services. Almost all students are part-time with full-time, professional positions. | 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.