Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, PhD
The Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) doctoral program integrates a focus on social justice and empirical research throughout the curriculum. The inquiry-based program offers students the opportunity to focus studies on leadership, college student development, higher education culture and diversity, and organizations and policy in both student affairs and broader higher education contexts. Students may focus on studies related to community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and higher education agencies. Opportunities are provided for practical experiences under the mentorship of experienced higher education leaders.
The HESAL Ph.D. program is based upon a community of scholars' model, in which students are viewed as colleagues with progressively higher levels of responsibility and expertise. Students are admitted as a cohort group, with expectations that students will engage in collaborative research and other scholarly endeavors early in the doctoral program.
- UNC Main Campus
- UNC Denver Center at Lowry
Tuition & Fees
Total Degree Requirements
64 Credit Hours
Matthew Birnbaum, 970-351-2598
- UNC Main Campus Fall Admissions:
- Jan. 29 is recommended for individuals seeking graduate assistantships.
- May 2 is the final deadline for Fall Admission
- UNC Center at Lowry Cohort:
- Priority Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018
- Standard Application Deadline: June 15, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.
Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the items below.
- Students must hold a masters degree in higher education, college student affairs, or a related field from an accredited institution.
- Two years of successful work experience in an institution of higher education.
- Completed Online Application
- Three Letters of Recommendation (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni need not submit transcripts
- Resume (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- Writing Sample (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- Statement of professional goals. (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- Official GRE Scores
- Completion of SRM 600 or an equivalent introduction to graduate research course, is required for admission. The program may waive that requirement for admission, in which case the student must make up the deficiency. Coursework to make up the deficiency will not count toward the Ph.D. requirements.