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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Higher Ed, Administration (DHA)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 96
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 63

Contact Information:
College of Education
Educational and Psychological Studies Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kathleen King
Phone: 813-974-1575


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Program Information

The Higher Education Administration concentration is a research degree that prepares individuals interested in teaching, research, and policy positions in both community colleges and universities.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The Higher Education Administration program is a research degree that prepares individuals interested in teaching, research, and policy positions in both community colleges and universities.Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Total Program requirements with this concentration:
63 hours minimum

Core Requirements
     EEX 7743 - Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Measurement/Statistics/Research Design: 12 hours minimum
Research, evaluation or measurement to be determined with the student's committee's approval with the goal to build a robust and varied academic research background. Student should not take research courses without committee advisement.
Higher Education Core15 hours
EDH 7xxx Introduction to Research Studies in Higher Education* 3
EDH 6051 Higher Education in America OR 3
EDH 6081 Community College American Higher Education3
EDH 6938 Seminar in College Teaching3
EDH 7225 Curriculum Development in Higher Education3
EDH 7935 Higher Education Capstone Seminar 3
(*must be taken early after admitted to the program)
Concentration Requirements 21 hours minimum
Specialization courses to be chosen and approved with the student's program committee, from the following list:
EDH 7505 Higher Education Finance3
EDH 7632 Leadership in Higher Education3
EDH 7633 Governing Colleges and Universities3
EDH 7635 Organization and Administration in Higher Education3
EDH 7636 Organizational Theory and Practices in Higher Education3
EDH 7145 Cognitive Issues in Higher Education3
EDH 7530 History of Higher Education3
EDH 7931 Critical Issues in Higher Education3-9
EDH 6906 Independent Study3-9
EDH 6947 Internship in Higher Education3-6
EDH 7910 Directed Research 3-9
ADE 6385 Adult Learner3
SDS 7640 Student Affairs Administration4
EDH 7980 Dissertation12 hours minimum
The Graduate School policy is that after being admitted to candidacy, the student must register for two hours of EDH 7980 each semester until graduation.

There is no residency requirement.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualfiying Examination before admisison to candidacy.

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDH6081, EDH6051, EDH7225, EDH7636, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7145, EDF6883, EDF7682, EDF7934, EDH7505, EDH7632, EDH7633, EDH7635, EDH7980,