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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Higher Education Program

2019 Community College Leadership (CCL) Cohort (PhD) - Higher Education

Do you aspire to a research career in higher education or to advance as a research-grounded professional to positions of leadership in higher education administration or policy?

Please note that we are not accepting CCL cohort applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

This PhD program provides the knowledge and research skills you need to pursue careers in colleges, universities, government agencies, professional associations and international organizations as a higher education expert. 

We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.

Community College Leaders Cohort

Designed for emerging college leaders, the flexible-time Community College Leadership (CCL) Cohort is focussed on the study of community colleges. It is mostly offered in compressed mode, mainly on weekends, to suit working professionals. The admission requirements for the CCL Cohort are generally the same as for the flexible PhD degree program. This program launches a new cohort every three to four years.  

Study options: Full-time; flexible-time option available. Designed for practicing professionals, the flexible-time option enables students to continue working while pursuing their studies. 

Components:  Coursework, comprehensive examination and thesis 

Length: 6 years flexible-time

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin



1. Coursework: 6 mandatory half-courses as outlined in the schedule below

2. Comprehensive examination

3. Thesis proposal hearing

4. Thesis: One component of which may be a document of the kind used in the field, such as a policy document or policy handbook, white paper or restructuring plan.



A complete list of current Higher Education courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin


Term Course/Requirement  Location
Fall 2019 LHA3803H Doctoral Seminar: Recurring Issues in Higher Education OISE
Winter 2020 LHA1805H The Community College OISE
Summer 2020 LHA6802H Leadership in Community Colleges OISE
Fall 2020 LHAE1836H Research Methods OISE
Winter 2021 LHA3804H Doctoral Research Seminar in Higher Education OISE
Summer 2021 TBA OISE
Comprehensive Exams

Proposal Hearings

Final Oral Examinations



Dr. Leesa Wheelahan, CCL Cohort Coordinator