New York University's Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education offers two doctoral programs:
- The Ph.D. program in Higher and Postsecondary Education
- The Ed.D. program in Higher and Postsecondary Education
Both programs emphasize broad knowledge of the field, including an international dimension; issues of access and equity; state and federal policy; student development; workplace learning and institutional development and assessment. While the programs share some commonalities, the goals and objectives are quite different.
- The Ph.D. program is a research degree designed for students who aspire to conduct research throughout their careers in roles such as faculty members, researchers, government employees, policy scholars, or institutional researchers.
- In contrast, the Ed.D. program is designed to meet the increasing need for visionary and entrepreneurial leadersin community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, corporate-sponsored education, and governmental agencies. Candidates must have a current higher education professional position or corporate education position with significant responsibility to be considered eligible. The objectives of the Ed.D. program include providing:
- meaningful learning opportunities for employed professionals to earn a terminal degree in anintegrated curriculum with immediate applicability to their professional settings;
- a coherent and flexible combination of theory, skills development, research and problem solving, and a culminating project that will clearly add value to and enhance the knowledge of professional settingsparticipants will bring with them;
- common learning experiences in leadership, organizations, policy, and applied research while concurrently enjoying the opportunity for study directly related to practice settings
Our doctoral students come from a broad range of backgrounds. Some students have extensive previous experience as higher education administrators and some have held teaching positions within universities. Others have had significant experience in higher education policy. The program takes advantage of the wide range of backgrounds of our students to create a vibrant educational experience, embracing important contemporary issues shaping culture and practice in higher education.
Before applying to the Ph.D. or Ed.D. program, prospective students are strongly encouraged to speak with faculty via a campus visit. If a campus visit is not possible, please arrange a telephone appointment with a faculty member who shares a mutual research interest with you. To arrange a visit or a phone appointment, please contact Steinhardt.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Note on Admissions
Due to the larger than average size of our 2013 cohort, we have decided not to admit doctoral students in September of 2014. As such, our next cohort of doctoral students will begin their studies in September of 2015. Applications for doctoral study will again be available in the fall of 2014 for admission to the fall 2015 cohort. Please check back to our website for updates.