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Higher Education and Student Affairs, PhD in Educational Studies

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The doctoral program has prepared leaders for higher education and student affairs for more than seven decades. This tradition is reflected in our numerous alumni, many of whom are senior leaders and faculty 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 strong opportunities for learning, collaboration, and community-building.  

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Program Features 

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Career Paths 

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University Faculty 
Policy Analyst 
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Vice President for Student Affairs 

Other possible careers paths include: provost or college/university president.

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Degree Requirements 

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Master's degree

Program start

Autumn Semester

Minimum program hours

63 post-Master’s degree

Deadline to apply

December 1

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Additional Application Requirements

Special Statement of Intent

  1. Tell us why you are interested in pursuing your graduate studies. In your response, be sure to convey how the features of the HESA Program at OSU align with your professional interests and goals. Additionally, please include which HESA faculty member(s) you envision working with.
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