Education, Ph.D. - Higher Education & Policy Studies

Graduate Studies

Department: College Wide Programs

The Higher Education track in the Education Ph.D. program is designed for applicants who have extensive experience as administrators or staff in postsecondary institutions who want to pursue careers as scholars and leaders. A doctoral degree in this track will broaden the analytical skills necessary to contribute to the advancement of the field of higher education through research, administration and teaching. The students in this program are considered future leaders interested in intensive study of the organizational and policy issues influencing the diverse sector comprising contemporary American postsecondary education.

Ph.D. Curriculum has been revised effective FALL 2016.
Students who were admitted prior to this point that want to change their catalog (plan of study) may do so by contacting their advisor and completing the required steps.

Ph.D. Catalog 2016-2017* and beyond


Ph.D. Catalog 2015-2016* and prior years


*Catalog year refers to the year you were admitted or started the program

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit theĀ Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • Evidence of a minimum of one year full-time or two years part-time professional higher education work experience. Evidence may include, but not be limited to, any one of the following: work experience listed on the resume/CV with confirmation email/tel., letter of reference, or copies of annual reviews, etc.. (Please note that graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, internships and practica do not fulfill this requirement.)
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master’s degree in a closely related field.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement.
  • Resumé.
  • Submit one of the following writing samples: research paper, journal article, grant proposal, policy analysis, or program evaluation.
  • An interview may be required.


Email HEPS@ucf.edu for more information.