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Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D.)

Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy

The Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the interrelated societal and organizational dimensions of higher education, in preparation for senior administrative, policy development and management posts in colleges and universities, as well as government agencies and foundations, or for careers in teaching and research. The program offers the opportunity to focus in areas, such as administration and education policy, international and comparative higher education, organizational culture and change, and the academic profession.

The Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy also offers a concentration in Education Research, Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

Robert Kelchen on Adubato

Prof. Robert Kelchen speaks about higher education accountability with Steve Adubato on Caucus NJ.

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“Each of our core courses built the solid quantitative and qualitative research constructs that I use every day while analyzing and visualizing data on students, faculty, and staff at Princeton and peer institutions.

Having the ability to immerse myself in many different areas (governance, history, policy, research, evaluation, finances), made me a more well-rounded student and more prepared to fully explore my own potential.”

Jonathan Stoessel, Ph.D. ‘16, Institutional Research Analyst


The faculty in the College of Education and Human Services are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process. View a complete listing of Higher Education Faculty »

Rong Chen
Rong Chen
Associate Professor
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Robert Kelchen
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Chair
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Katie Smith
Katie Smith
Assistant Professor
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Hillary Morgan
Hillary Morgan
Clinical Faculty and Higher Education Program Director
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The College of Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and CAEP.

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Hillary Morgan, Ph.D.
Program Director
Diana Minakakis
Director, Office of Graduate Admissions
(973) 761-9668

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