- What will I be able to do with a PhD in Higher Education?
Holders of a PhD in Higher Education usually are employed in administrative positions in an institution of higher education, public or private.
- Are there any opportunities for electives or specializations?The concentration (minor area) is known as a "cognate" and it is personalized for each student. It is generally 18 credits, and it may include courses that may be transferred in from your master’s degree. Upon admissions, every student is assigned an advisor and s/he is the person who helps you choose the concentration/cognate according to your interests.
- Are there any scholarships or grants available for doctoral students? There are very few scholarships available for doctorate students, but you can email FIU's graduate school and they can point you to the appropriate department/person to respond to those questions. We can only answer academic questions about the program. The scholarships are handled through the University proper.
- What is the deadline for applying for the doctorate program? The deadline for applying to the PhD Program is February 1 each year for the next fall term. Admissions occurs only once a year. You must apply through the FIU Graduate School’s website. The application, fee and all required documents must be in their possession before the deadline date for consideration for the fall term of the subsequent year.
- Must I submit GRE scores? The Graduate School and the program will not waive the GRE, regardless of where you received your degree.
- I took the GRE more than 5 years ago. Can I still submit the scores?
FIU Graduate School must receive official GRE scores directly. If they are older than 5 years, it is possible that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that administers the GRE will not have them on file any longer. However, if you already had GRE scores (e.g., from your master’s degree) on file with FIU’s Graduate School, you may not have to re-take the GRE as long as they are within a reasonable time limit. In that case, the Graduate School will decide whether to accept them or not.
- I do not have a recent sample of my academic writing. Can I still apply to the program?
Any scholarly/research paper you have written and for which you received a grade would be preferable. However, if these are unavailable, perhaps a work-product you wrote (e.g., a grant proposal) that is relevant would be considered.
- How long does the program usually take?
Although there is maximum time limit of 9 years to complete the program, most students finish the program, including the dissertation, in about 5-6 years. After the 5th year, we do expect students to have a solid idea of their research topic and to have made significant progress towards completing the coursework.
- Before 2017, the Higher Education program offered an EdD. Is this PhD the same program?
Yes, it is the same program of studies.
- I am interested in applying to the Doctoral Program. Can I take some courses as a non-degree seeking student to get a sense of the program?
Absolutely. However, do keep in mind that the university only allows 12 credits to be applied towards completion of a Doctoral Program. Additionally, FIU only allows a maximum of 12 credits to be taken as a non-degree seeking student. Some of the EDH courses are not available to non-degree seeking students, however.
- I just missed the deadline. Can I take some classes as a nondegree-seeking student while I wait for the next deadline?
- What is the estimated cost of the program?
You can get that information online at our website (http://finance.fiu.edu/controller/UG_Calculator.htm). It depends on when you would be starting the program, as tuition tends to change every year.
- How can I find out who my advisor is?
Upon full admissions you will be assigned an advisor, and the program will let you know who that faculty member is.
- Can I transfer credits from another doctoral degree? How many credits can I transfer and how does the process work?
Yes. However, you may only transfer in a total of 12 graduate credits, from either a doctoral program or master’s program, or a combination of both. Your advisor will decide which courses may transfer in to the program.
- Can I transfer any of my master's level course?
Yes, you may transfer up to 12 credits from your master’s degree. Upon admissions to the program, you will be assigned an advisor. Your advisor is the person who will decide which courses from your master’s degree may transfer into the PhD program.
- I applied to the program by the deadline. When will my interview be scheduled? When will I find out if I have been admitted?
Individual interviews will be scheduled in the spring (after the February 1st deadline). Students selected for an interview will receive a call to schedule an interview on campus, or if a student is not in the South Florida area, by Skype. Shortly after the interviews, students will be notified regarding the final decision.
- How do I go about determining my dissertation topic?
One of the first courses a PhD student will take is the Doctoral seminar. This course will help students explore dissertation topics in which they may be interested. A final decision does not have to be made by the end of the class; however, students will have the opportunity of learning how to structure a dissertation, including their search of the literature.
- I am an international student and I am interested in applying. How should I go about the process? Are there any additional requirements?
As an international student, you will need to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to demonstrate English proficiency, in addition to the standard application materials. The minimum scores for admissions are 80 for the TOEFL and 6.5 for the IELTS. Additionally, if you earned your degree from an institution outside the United States, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated and validated by the FIU’s Graduate School. Please contact them for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I want to become a teacher and/or a principal. Is this the right program for me?
The PhD in Higher Education Administration is designed to train graduates to work in administrative and leadership roles in higher education. This program is not meant to train teachers or administrators for the K-12 setting (see FIU’s Educational Leadership Program). However, if you intend to teach higher education administration subjects in college, you may do so with a doctoral degree in higher education.
- Are any courses offered online?
Only a couple of the courses required for completion of the PhD program are available online.
- What is the usual schedule/time courses are offered?
Most of the courses are offered face-to-face on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 7:40 pm (one night per course). That is the schedule for the Fall and Spring semesters; summer semester hours may be slightly different.
- Does the program of study follow a course sequence that students must complete in order?
The program does not follow a set sequence, with the exception of the first semester for entering students. Upon entry into the program in the fall semester, first year students take the Doctoral Seminar, EDH 7981 - Seminar in Writing the Dissertation (required), and for a second course, EDH 7635, Administration in Higher Education (also required), or another elective course. Every year you and your advisor will determine what courses you will take. The program is very advisor-student driven, so we can specifically tailor the program to your interests.
- Is there a maximum/minimum number of credits required for enrollment each semester?
Although there are no minimum/maximum number of courses that you are required to take each term, we encourage you to be continuously enrolled. During the terms when you are taking dissertation credits, you MUST be continuously enrolled, even in the summer, for at least three credits a term. (If a student has a graduate assistantship or is an international student, s/he must abide by the conditions relevant to those classifications.) The faculty strongly recommend that students take at least two courses (6 credits) per semester because there is a maximum of nine (9) years to complete the entire program, including the dissertation. Students who are not working and who are attending the program full time are encouraged to take three courses (9 credits) per term in the fall and spring semesters.