PhD in Educational Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)
The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s preeminent educational programs. Our rich heritage of research and practice, fueled by our renowned faculty, benefit students in the classroom and beyond. In fact, HESA has graduated distinguished scholars, presidents, provosts, deans and other leaders in higher education, the government, non-profit organizations and even the private sector.
The HESA doctoral program has prepared leaders for higher education and student affairs for more than six decades. This tradition is reflected in our numerous alumni, many of whom are senior leaders in the field. Our students, too, are recognized for their involvement and leadership in and out of the classroom. Above all, our comprehensive curriculum emphasizes rigorous research and professional development, which creates wonderful opportunities for learning, collaboration, and community-building.
Students can research a variety of topics in the HESA program. College students’ identity and identity development, organizational theory, policy and governance, service-learning and leadership are just some of the areas in which students can develop expertise.
Students take a variety of courses in the HESA program. Courses in college student development, law, policy and governance, organizational theory, administration of higher education, counseling, service-learning and leadership are among the offerings. You also take courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The Student Personnel Assistantship Program (SPA) is a part of HESA. The SPA Program connects HESA students with assistantship opportunities across and even beyond Ohio State’s campus. Learn more about funding, interviews, and admissions processes.
The PhD in HESA prepare students for a variety of roles in and beyond higher education. These degrees enable students to work in colleges and universities, government, non-profits and even for-profit organizations as faculty members, administrators and policymakers, to name a few.
Our graduates have roles including program coordinators, program directors, consultants, policy analysts, faculty members, vice presidents for student affairs, provosts and even college presidents. You can read alumni profiles or browse our newsletters to learn more about our graduates.
Deadline to apply: December 1
Program start: Autumn semester
Prerequisites: Master’s degree
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 66, post master’s degree
Coursework: College student development, higher education institutions and academic issues, college impact, higher education law, diversity in higher education
Other requirements: professional internship, research apprenticeship, dissertation
Amy Barnes, EdD, Clinical Assistant Professor & EdD Program Director
Rebecca Crandall, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero, PhD, Assistant Professor
Susan Robb Jones, PhD, Professor
Anne-Marie Nunez, PhD, Associate Professor
Matthew Mayhew, PhD, Flesher Professor
Tatiana Suspitsyna, PhD, Associate Professor
Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University
Cheryl Achterberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Student Life, The Ohio State University
Robert Holub, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Germanic Languages; Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst