PhD Degree changes
The Adult & Higher Education (AHE) PhD degree is undergoing curriculum and program updates. Changes to the PhD are anticipated to begin Fall 2023. Between 2016 and 2020, students selected an option to accompany their degree. If approved, the program updates will no longer require an option (Community College Leadership or Leadership in Higher Education).
Effective leadership is a combination of management, vision and commitment to the mission of higher education institutions. The EdD in Adult and Higher Education, offered by Oregon State University’s College of Education and delivered through OSU’s Ecampus, is grounded in OSU’s commitment to developing tomorrow’s leaders guided by the principle that leadership can be learned and enhanced.
The PhD in Adult and Higher Education, offered by Oregon State University’s College of Education, develops change agents and policy-makers in the field of higher education. This full-time program, with classes in Corvallis and Portland, is designed for students who desire to generate unique research in higher education and contribute to the advancement of the field. (Changes pending approval).
The AHE Doctoral program offers two degree tracks: EdD or PhD, which have different purposes. The following table is intended to assist with differentiating the two AHE doctoral degrees.
|EdD||PhD (anticipated start fall 2023)|
|To apply research to current practice and institution; develop practitioner knowledge.||To generate new knowledge in the field of higher education.|
|Career Outcomes||Designed for students interested in advancing in leadership positions in higher education.||Designed for students interested in pursuing research and policy positions in higher education.|
|Program Length and Cost*||
Estimated cost*: $50,000
|Hybrid, part-time (courses meet in Portland two weekends per term)||In-person and hybrid, full-time (courses meet in Corvallis and Portland)|
|Anticipated Cohort Size||12-15||3-6|
*Tuition estimates based on 2020-2021 academic year tuition rates.
The EdD degree has a newly updated curriculum designed for students interested in advancing in leadership positions in higher education. The EdD program's purpose is to educate students wanting to apply research to practice and develop practitioner knowledge. The curriculum has been updated to better meet the current needs of leaders at technical colleges, community colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities. The priority deadline has now passed for this program. The next intake of EdD students will be Fall 2022, with applications opening in September 2021.
The PhD degree (changes pending approval) will be offered as a traditional, full-time, program. This degree is designed for students interested in pursuing research and policy positions in higher education. The purpose of the PhD is to develop the research competencies for students who are interested in generating new knowledge in the field of higher education. This degree will not be accepting new students to the PhD program for the Fall 2021 cohort. The next intake of PhD students will be Fall 2023, with applications opening in fall 2022.
Work directly with program lead Lindsay Andrews to decide which degree is best for you. Contact Lindsay at 541-737-3574 or [email protected].
The EdD program will meet and study in a hybrid format for the first two years with a learning cohort both in-person and online. Classes are held two weekends at the OSU Portland Center. Cohort meetings are half-day Thursday, all day Friday, and half-day Saturday.
The PhD program (upon approval) will complete full-time coursework in-person and hybrid formats, both in Portland and Corvallis starting in 2023. During the first two years of the program, students will meet and study with a learning cohort both in-person and online.
As a member of an active learning community, you’ll collaborate with working professionals in higher education settings from Oregon, Washington, California and many other states. Sharing real-world experiences and insights are integral to degree excellence and build lasting relationships that continue throughout your career.
Adult & Higher Education Program Lead
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