University of Northern Colorado

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership


Sociology Department

1250 Gunter Hall, Campus Box 132

Greeley, CO 80639

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.- Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The HESAL Ph.D. program prepares professionals for leadership positions in higher education and student affairs. Graduates are prepared to understand the complexities of student development, provide direct services to students, and to develop and lead programs that enhance student learning and development. They are prepared to understand organizational dynamics and to provide effective leadership in academic, student development, and policy arenas. The program provides a blended focus on student development, issues of diversity and change, and leadership in complex organizations. Excellence in professional practice and scholarly writing are themes emphasized throughout the program. The Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program embraces a community-of-scholars model of interaction among students and faculty. The students are viewed as colleagues with progressively higher levels of responsibility and expertise. Cooperative research and other scholarly projects are encouraged among students and faculty. The HESAL Program is committed to social justice in an atmosphere of social care. Specifically, we are committed to creating an atmosphere which supports multiple perspectives and diverse students, both in the pursuit of individual research and as a community of scholars. In addition to specific courses dedicated to the topic, multicultural perspectives are woven throughout the curriculum. Space is created for multiple voices through the use of literature, activities, and dialogue that challenge traditional paradigms and explore more inclusive perspectives regarding research, practice, and leadership. Additionally students are encouraged to approach the dissertation in ways that both contribute to the scholarly literature and are culturally congruent with who students are and how they make meaning of the world.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

• An international student is neither a citizen of the United States nor classified by United States Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Lawful Permanent Resident or Permanent Resident Alien. • International undergraduate, transfer, and graduate applicants must meet English Language proficiency requirements before being fully admitted to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). One option to demonstrate English Language proficiency is to successfully complete the UNC Intensive English Language Program (IEP). Please see the UNC IEP website for more information ( • International student Undergraduate/Transfer and Graduate applications (on-line submission) with accompanying instructions are found on the UNC website as well. Applications and supporting documents are due at least 90 days prior to the semester to which students plan to enroll, or prior to their major program deadline (if any) for Graduate students.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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