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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media

Curriculum: Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Program Requirements

This program requires a master's degree upon admission and at least 45 credits at Seton Hall.


Doctoral students will be considered for matriculation after completing 12 core course credits and by demonstrating competence in the core courses by successfully passing a qualifying written examination. The 12-credit core provides a common educational experience to doctoral students in both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs. The four courses include two courses with specific higher education content (Historical Development of American Education and Organization and Governance of Higher Education), one course that provide a foundation for research skills (Directed Research) and a policy analysis course that provides a foundation for understanding how public policy for education is shaped. The core courses are:

Core Courses
ELMP 7765 Policy Analysis in Administration
ELMP 8891 Directed Research
ELMP 9993 Organization and Governance in Higher Education
ELMP 9997 Historical Development of American Education

Upon completion of the core, students must pass a qualifying examination in which they are given the choice of one out of two writing prompts concerning selected modern issues in higher education and asked questions drawing on content from the core courses. 

I. Advanced Content (12 credits)

Choose four courses from the following:

ELMP 6102 American College Student
ELMP 6103 College Student Affairs Administration
ELMP 6105 Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics
ELMP 7103 Special Topics in Administration
ELMP7763 Educational Law
ELMP 7774 International Comparative Study
ELMP 7777 Diversity in Higher Education
ELMP 8984 Leadership Institute I
ELMP 8985 Leadership Institute II
ELMP 8995 Institutional Research
ELMP 9994 Faculty Personnel
ELMP 9995 Finance of Higher Ed.
ELMP 9996 Community Colleges
ELMP 9998 Curriculum & Instruction

II. Required Research (6 credits)

ELMP 7000 Data Analysis
ELMP 8986 Qualitative Research

III. Advanced Research (12 Credits)

Choose four courses from the following:

ELMP 8616 Intermediate Statistical Methods
ELMP 8890 Survey Research
ELMP 8894 Applied Quantitative Research
ELMP 8895 Program Evaluation
ELMP 9962 Advanced Qualitative Research

IV. Dissertation Seminar (3 Credits)

ELMP 9979                    Dissertation Seminar in Higher Education I

Other Requirements:

  • Dissertation Proposal: Students must have a documented, successful defense of their dissertation proposal, signed and dated by dissertation committee members. A successful proposal defense is a required intermediate stage of the dissertation process. More detail is in the department dissertation handbook.
  • Dissertation: Students must complete a dissertation and successfully defend their work with their dissertation committee. More detail is in the department dissertation handbook."

For additional information on courses and curricula, please see the Graduate Catalogue.