Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education


Lewis Towers 11th Floor

820 N. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD in Higher Education program draws upon a rich, interdisciplinary theoretical and research base to illuminate thought and practice in postsecondary education in the United States. Students gain holistic and critical perspectives on college and university policies and practices. More specifically, students examine the roots of scientific inquiry and its bearing on research in the field of education. In addition to research-based coursework, a focused dissertation research project that advances knowledge in the field of higher education is required.

Students are prepared for a career in college teaching and educational research as well as for administrative positions in higher education institutions, higher education-related agencies, boards, and commissions. This degree is conferred by The Graduate School. Typically several years of full-time work experience (i.e., administration and/or teaching) in higher education is required.

Program Eligibility

Applicants to the EdD program in School Psychology must hold a valid Professional Educator License in IL or hold a school psychology license in another state and be eligible to obtain licensure as a school psychologist in Illinois (see Admission page for details).

The courses offered in the fall and spring semesters are online.  Students are expected to take courses during the summer, which are online and on campus at the Water Tower campus. 

Program Benefits

  • Focus on socially just, critical, reflective, and ethical professional practice prepares students for careers as leaders in higher education.
  • Loyola's metropolitan Chicago location provides students with numerous opportunities for internships and professional experiences with a wide array of institutional types.
  • Small cohorts allow greater collaboration with program faculty for greater support. This includes opportunities to serve on research teams.

Program Outcomes

  • Think systematically within the education system.
  • Analyze and interpret systems-level data. 
  • Develop leadership potential.
  • Implement and evaluate evidence-based practices.
  • Further knowledge of inequity within the larger educational community and develop skills to become agents of change.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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