PhD In Higher Education Administration – Assessment And Evaluation
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Gain the Skills You Need to Examine Institutional Effectiveness with Liberty’s PhD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation

As a dedicated education professional, you probably know that one of the best ways to examine whether a school or program is working is through data. Your years of experience have helped you learn how to create programs that meet high academic standards. Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation can help shape your skills even further and advance your understanding of the critical areas of educational assessment and institutional research.

This 100% online PhD program can also help you learn how to ensure that your school meets the various requirements set by accreditation agencies. Understanding how to formulate the reports needed to verify compliance and enforce best practices in academia is vital to the success of your institution.

Holding programs and educational institutions to a particular standard is a vital part of being an administrator. That’s why we’ve designed our assessment and evaluation PhD to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to assess your institution’s programs and certify that they meet the strict regulations required of higher education.

What’s the difference between a PhD in Higher Education Administration and an EdD in Higher Education Administration?

The difference between our PhD in Higher Education Administration and our EdD in Higher Education Administration lies in the emphasis of each degree. Doctor of Education (EdD) programs place a heavier emphasis on practical application while PhD programs focus more on theory. Another difference between our EdD in Higher Education Administration and our PhD in Higher Education Administration is that our PhD includes a dissertation while the EdD includes a capstone project.

If you’re interested in pursuing a research-based career in a collegiate setting, a PhD in Higher Education Administration may be the best fit for you. If you’re more interested in learning hands-on skills that can be applied directly to classrooms, our EdD may be a better fit.

Regardless of what your career goals are, both degree programs can be used for personal enrichment and career advancement in the field of higher education.

Why Choose Liberty’s PhD in Higher Education Administration Degree – Assessment and Evaluation?

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create an online degree program that challenges you to grow while respecting your commitments. We know that your personal responsibilities don’t go away when you enroll in a degree program, which is why our PhD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation can be completed 100% online with no required intensives.

Liberty’s PhD program in higher education administration – assessment and evaluation can also help you pursue well-paying, in-demand job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals who held a doctoral degree earned approximately 25% more than those with only a master’s in 2022.* Additionally, the median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators in 2022 was $99,940, and demand for this profession is projected to grow 4% by 2032.** Our PhD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation could be your ticket to a similar career outlook.

Assessment and evaluation are much-needed fields in higher education. Making sure that universities are keeping to accreditation standards is vital to ensuring both the success of the institution and the success of the students. Additionally, it’s important that you learn how to craft programs that are based on data and achieve results. Liberty University is ready to come alongside you to help you gain all of these skills.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Education pays (viewed online Nov. 21, 2023). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Postsecondary Education Administrators (viewed online Nov. 21, 2023). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in Our PhD in Higher Education – Assessment and Evaluation Degree Online?

Our PhD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation degree program consists of 4 sections: higher education core courses, assessment and evaluation courses, research classes, and a dissertation sequence.

In the higher education courses, you will study effective teaching methods for college settings and explore how to maximize the impact, growth, and satisfaction of students. You will also study college and university organizational components and leadership issues. Historical perspectives on higher education and some of the economic and budgeting issues involved in higher education will also be covered. Additionally, you can learn how to assess programs and research in a way that will lead to measurable results for students.

The assessment and evaluation specialization consists of 4 courses. You will explore the use of research-based approaches to analyze student learning, curricula, student services, and institutional structures. Assessing academic programs in higher education will be another focus of your studies. Our PhD in higher education will cover methods and best practices for educational process evaluation, and you will examine some of the tools you can use to make data-driven decisions in higher education. You will also study the importance of compliance in accreditation and gain an understanding of the various requirements placed on education from programmatic, state, and national organizations.

As our PhD programs emphasize research, you can gain important skills to help prepare for your dissertation. Our research courses will guide you through advanced educational statistics as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, you will complete a literature review course that can strengthen your critical thinking skills and help you determine the feasibility of a research study. You will also explore various research concepts and methodologies under the supervision of a research consultant.

Throughout the stages of your dissertation, you will research, write, and present your findings to our School of Education faculty. You will then defend your dissertation and have the opportunity for it to be archived and published upon a successful defense. The dissertation provides an excellent chance for you to conduct original research and present it to the academic community.

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Highlights of Our Assessment and Evaluation PhD in Higher Education Administration Degree

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online PhD in Higher Education Administration from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty University is regionally accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Potential Career Opportunities for PhD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Degree Graduates

  • Assessment coordinator
  • College/university administrator
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Professor
  • Program coordinator

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Online PhD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Degree

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.