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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Higher Education
Teaching, Administration, and Research (TAR)


Hank Kelly, Ed.D., Regent Graduate
Hank Kelly, Ed.D.
Ohio Christian University
Regent Graduate, 2006

"Regent provided me the foundation I needed to advance in higher education."

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Degree Overview

The online Ph.D. in Higher Education is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Residency requirements involve four-day summer residencies. The program places much emphasis on (a) acquiring rigorous analytical research skills and tools (quantitative and qualitative) for vocations in higher education; (b) supporting research that will result in publication in refereed conference, journals and books; (c) significant interaction and mentorship by doctoral faculty; (d) vocations in higher education; and (e) developing a mature understanding of an integrative personal and professional life centered on the historic Christian faith.

Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

Spring & Summer 2015 Cohorts:
Ph.D. cohorts will begin in January and mid-June. A four-day residency will be held July 13-16, 2015 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Ph.D. in Higher Education Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 72 credit hours.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components, including a four-day residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education degree. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is awarded after completion of 30 credit hours. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded after completion of 72 credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, concentration and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Concentration Description

The online Ph.D. in Higher Education – Teaching, Administration & Research (TAR) is designed for educational professionals who are seeking either an initial entry-level position as a college professor, research or administrator or who are in current positions where the doctorate is the required or preferred degree for advancement. Students should have either a part-time or full-time position in a higher education institution or possess a background that is widely considered to be comparable to higher education.

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in Higher Education – Teaching, Administration & Research (TAR) degree will help prepare you to provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating scholarly research to significantly impact the field of education. The concentration in higher education provides preparation to work as a postsecondary faculty member (teaching emphasis), administrator (administration emphasis), or analyst (research and institutional planning emphasis).

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Ph.D. in Higher Education graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, respond to, and lead in important local, national, and global educational issues in a Christ-like manner from informed biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how key theories and philosophies inform research, theory generation, and professional practice.
  • Evaluate educational research from philosophical, theoretical, and methodological perspectives in order to determine its contribution to scholarly research and professional practice.
  • Solve problems associated with research and professional practice by
    • analyzing data;
    • synthesizing information; and
    • applying critical thinking.
  • Provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating scholarly research to significantly impact the field of education.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior in a Christ-like manner in research, teaching, and collegial service.