Higher Education and Student Affairs (EDUCST-PH, HEA)

Specialization Curriculum
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Specialization leading to Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

Educational Studies Core (6 hours)

Common Core (6 hours)

  • EDUCST 6891 Proseminar in Educational Studies (3)
  • EDUCST 6892 Educational Policy and Inequality in Social and Cultural Context:  Integrating Research Traditions (3)

Specialization Requirements (33 hours)

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • ESHESA 7540 Higher Education Institutions and Core Academic Issues (3)
  • ESHESA 8560 Legal Aspects of Higher Education Administration (3)
  • ESHESA 8552 Impact of College on Students (3)
  • ESHESA 8515 Advanced Seminar in Theories of College Student Development (3)

Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement Requirement (choose one, 3 hours)

Consult with faculty advisor for alternatives

  • ESHESA 7520    Diversity in Higher Education
  • ESHESA 7550    Gender in Higher Education
  • ESHESA 7558    Broad Access Institutions and Community Colleges (3)
  • ESHESA 7570    Internationalizing Colleges and Universities (3)
  • ESHESA 7580    Critical Race Theory in Higher Education (3)
  • ESHESA 7750    Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues in Higher Education (3)
  • ESHESA 7854    Activism on College Campuses (3)

Supporting Courses (12 hrs)

Students are required to take 4 courses in consultation with their advisor in an area of interest relevant to the study of higher education.

Cognate Areas (Sample):

  • Diversity Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs 
  • Critical Theoretical Perspectives in Higher Education
  • Critical Pedagogies and Research Methods

Internship Requirement (6 hrs)

  • ESHESA 8191 Professional Internship (minimum 6 hours)

Research Core (12 hours)  

(Choose four, minimum 12 hours)
At least one course must come from each methodology area (“quantitative” or “qualitative”). 

Quantitative Courses (sample):

Note: ESQREM 6641 Intro to Educational Statistics serves as a prerequisite but does not satisfy the one quantitative course requirement.

  • ESQREM 7627    Sampling Designs and Survey Research (3)
  • ESQREM 7648    General Linear Model I: Introduction to Regression and ANOVA (4)
  • ESQREM 7658    General Linear Model II: Advanced Regression and ANOVA (4)
  • ESQREM 8648    Multivariate Experimental Designs (4)
  • ESQREM 8658    Applied Multilevel Data Analysis (3)
  • ESQREM 8659    Structural Equation Modeling (4)

Qualitative Courses (sample):

  • ESQUAL 7240    Life History Interviewing (3)
  • ESHESA 7256    Designing Qualitative Research in HESA Contexts (3)
  • ESHESA 8895    Seminars: (Designing Qualitative Research in HESA Contexts) (3)
  • EDUTL 8010       Critical Discourse Analysis (3)
  • ESQUAL 8280    Qualitative Research in Education: Paradigms, Theories, and Exemplars (3)
  • ESQUAL 8290    Qualitative Research in Education: Methods and Analysis (3)
  • ESHESA 8895    Seminars: Qualitative Research Methods (3)

Specialized Sequence:

Students, in consultation with their advisors, may design their own methodology sequence. This is particularly suited to humanistic scholarship in education (e.g., history or philosophy of education). To complete a specialized sequence, students must take four methodology courses relevant to their research interests. Specialized research plans are approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Research Apprenticeship (9 hours)

Consult with faculty advisor

  • EDUCST 8191 Research Apprenticeship: Educational Studies (1‐12)

Dissertation Requirement (3 hours)

Consult with faculty advisor

  • ESHESA 8999 Dissertation or Thesis Research: Higher Education and Student Affairs (minimum 3)

Minimum hours post‐MA/MS: 66

Program Degree Department Email
Doctoral Educational Studies edstudies@osu.edu


Note: Students exact curriculum may vary depending upon program of study determined by student and advisor.