Higher and Postsecondary Education, PhD and EdD

Special Note on Admissions:
The doctoral Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education has adopted an alternate year admissions process whereby candidates will be admitted every other year. See the bottom of this page for timeline details. 

New York University's Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education offers two doctoral programs:
  • The PhD program in Higher and Postsecondary Education
  • The EdD 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 PhD 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 EdD program is designed to meet the increasing need for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in 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 EdD program include providing:
    1. Meaningful learning opportunities for employed professionals to earn a terminal degree in an integrated curriculum with immediate applicability to their professional settings
    2. 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
    3. 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.highered@nyu.edu.

Special Note on Admissions

The doctoral Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education has adopted an alternate year admissions process whereby candidates will be admitted every other year on the following timeline:

Entrance in Fall 2014 – no cohort

Entrance in Fall 2015 – application deadline: December 1, 2014

Entrance in Fall 2016 – no cohort

Entrance in Fall 2017 – application deadline: December 1, 2016

Candidates will begin their studies in the fall of odd-numbered years with the deadline for application being the previous December 1 (even-numbered year).