Ph.D. in Higher Education

Build the foundation for a research career in post-secondary education. At Morgridge, you will be highly involved in research from Day one. From day one you will begin working directly with a faculty member and continue throughout the entirety of your coursework; this includes engaging in faculty members’ research programs, presenting at national conferences, and publishing with faculty members.

Through knowledge sharing and experience, you will build cutting-edge applied research skills and strategies to address concerns of equity, social justice, and public good within the context of governance, policy, and outcomes in higher education. You will leave our program with deep expertise and a wide network of higher education professionals.

Program Requirements

To apply to our Ph.D. program, you must have a master’s degree or higher.

Once you are in the program, you will need to complete 90 quarter-credit hours and a comprehensive exam. You must also complete a dissertation. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to contribute new academic research to a specific concern in higher education.

Approximate Completion Time

Four to five years with full-time enrollment


Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

Department Chair
Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama
303-871-3753, KRH 363

Academic Services Associate
Anna Millies
303-871-2494, KRH 351

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