Higher Education Admin. PhD – Student Affairs Degree Navigate the Challenges Facing Modern Higher Education


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You’ve dedicated the better part of your life to the service of younger generations. Through the years, you’ve influenced and mentored countless students – you have provided support to pupils through hard times, helped them celebrate good times, and forged quality citizens.

You may wonder how you can serve your students even better. The 21st century poses unprecedented challenges to younger generations, and professionals like you play an integral role in preparing your students for what lies before them. Education has never been as important as it is today, and with Liberty University’s 100% online PhD in Higher Education Administration – Students Affairs, you can prepare for more years of exceptional service in the field of education.

As a seasoned educator, you know that there’s more to education than teaching students. Administrative, legal, historical, and economic implications are all areas that require attention, but it isn’t always easy to navigate such issues. That’s why we’ve designed our student affairs PhD holistically – meaning that our program can help you become a standout professor, an inspiring administrative leader, and a knowledgeable student affairs authority whose expertise is preceded only by your care for students.

Don’t just improve your own career prospects — learn how to improve the career prospects of your students. By choosing Liberty for your PhD in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs, you can earn a life-changing credential capable of helping you take your career in education to new heights.

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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 also respecting your commitments. We realize that your personal responsibilities don’t go away when you enroll in a degree program, which is why our PhD in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs can be completed 100% online with no required intensives.

Another advantage to Liberty’s student affairs PhD is the versatility of the degree. The field of student affairs is a broad, widely encompassing field of education. Student affairs professionals are often responsible for several academic areas, such as advising, alumni relations, campus recreation, career services, or student counseling services.

At times, student affairs professionals are the glue that binds a student body together. They oversee student activity programs, coordinate the administrative side of residence life, and spearhead the enforcement of student conduct policies. Liberty’s higher education administration PhD in student affairs can help prepare you for all of these roles — and more.

Our PhD in Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs degree program consists of 4 sections: higher education core courses, student affairs courses, research classes, and a dissertation sequence.

In the higher education courses, you will study effective teaching methods for college settings. You will also study college and university administration, historical perspectives of higher education, the economic impacts of higher education, and the intricacies of accreditation.

The student affairs specialization allows you to explore current issues and trends, leadership and administration, and legal implications in student affairs. Our student affairs PhD in higher education allows you to choose a free-elective course to conclude your study of student affairs. This elective course is an excellent opportunity for you to study a topic in education that you’re passionate about.

The research section of this degree is designed to help you 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 and explore various research concepts.

The dissertation sequence allows you to research, write, and present your findings to our School of Education faculty. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to present your own findings to the academic community and conduct groundbreaking research that can inspire future research.

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We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible 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 as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.