Higher Education (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD program in Higher Education embraces issues of access and equity, state and federal policy, student development, and institutional development and assessment. The strength of the PhD program stems from the range of interests and expertise of faculty in research, policy development, and institutional leadership. The curriculum includes an extensive and rigorous sequence of research courses that prepare students for the dissertation, which requires combined research in literature and empirical investigation. The curriculum offers significant flexibility to ensure that students can construct an individualized program to support their research interests.

Other Opportunities

The program in higher education also offers an EdD in Higher Education Administration.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.