Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Overview
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?
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.
The Doctor of Philosophy is available in two delivery models:
- Regular PhD stream
- Students are accepted every year into the full-time or flexible-time program.
- The Community College Leadership (CCL) Cohort (Available in select years)
- The CCL Cohort is designed for emerging college leaders and focuses specifically on the college system. The CCL is mostly offered in compressed mode, mainly on weekends, to suit working professionals pursuing a flexible-time program.
We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
At a Glance
Full-time (4 years)
Flexible-time (6 years - maximum)
Funding and Tuition
For current information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition & Financial Support.
Applications for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle are set to open early October 2022.
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Why I Chose Leadership, Adult & Higher Education
Henry Ssali (Master of Arts 2019)
Founder and Executive Director, University of Toronto African Alumni Association
"OISE has one of the most vibrant student communities in the entire University of Toronto. As a public relations professional and community leader, I see it reflected in the number of campus clubs and associations OISE students participate in on a regular basis."
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-Specific Information (Minimum Admission Requirements)
- Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
- A relevant MEd or MA degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least B+ or demonstrated comparable research competence. In individual cases, students with a highly relevant master’s degree or other equivalent graduate degree may be admitted, but additional courses in Higher Education may be required.
To be admitted on a flexible-time basis, applicants should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Applicants should have the capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended.
- Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional).
- Resumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies.
- Answers to faculty admissions questions (applicants are to answer each question in an essay format).
- Applicants who hold an MEd or other non-thesis master's degree must submit written evidence of their ability to define a research question or problem, devise a research design, and analyze and report research findings – all in an academically rigorous manner. This sample of written work may be an undergraduate or master's thesis, long essays or papers written for master's level courses, reports and studies written as part of employment, or other documents that demonstrate the ability to conduct research at the doctoral level.
Additional Program Information
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