Walden University

PhD in Education - Higher Education Leadership, Management & Policy (Family Friendly)


100 Washington Avenue South Ste. 900

Minneapolis, MN 55401

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Education - Higher Education Leadership, Management & Policy (Family Friendly)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Institutions of higher education are continuously evolving to meet the needs of diverse clientele and stakeholders. In this specialization, you will explore the systems, policies, and politics of higher education. Learn and apply effective leadership and management skills and strategies to facilitate positive social change.

As a student in the Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy specialization, you will research institutions of higher education from a systemic, organizational perspective. Learn how internal and external systems, politics, and policies impact institutional effectiveness, student learning and development, and the organization’s overall development and impact. This program also helps you develop the leadership skills required to address the needs of a dynamic higher education landscape, domestically and internationally.

This specialization is designed for professionals in community colleges, private and public liberal arts colleges, distance-learning institutions, regional and state universities, state and federal agencies, and national professional associations.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to: 

  • Implement diversity proficiencies in higher education programs and policies.
  • Exhibit proficiency in the use of higher education law, policy making process, and governance.
  • Utilize current research to address domestic and international issues in higher education.
  • Collaborate with a variety of external stakeholders.
  • Apply leadership and management skills to promote organizational development within higher education settings.
  • Promote positive social change through leadership.
  • Apply effective technology strategies to support higher education settings.
  • Exhibit leadership in program evaluation, strategic planning, and assessment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Locale: Large City

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