The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for academic, administrative, policy, and research positions in higher education, non-profit, and governmental settings. Students develop competencies needed to contribute substantively to the academic discipline of higher education, as well as to the development of higher education as a force in economic and technological development, intellectual and cultural advancement, and international cooperation. Recent graduates are working in positions such as: tenure-track faculty and post-doctoral fellowship appointments in research universities; research and analyst roles in an institution, state system, or think tank; and administrative leadership appointments in campus and system offices of public service, diversity, government relations, student success, and institutional research.

The IHE Ph.D. program follows a rigorous curriculum of course work and independent research. Students studying full-time (3 or 4 courses per term) typically graduate in four years. During the first two years, students complete required courses in core content areas, research methods, and electives. During the third and fourth years, the major focus of the program shifts from coursework to research as students focus on their dissertations. Throughout the program, students also engage in additional professional development activities such as participation in research teams, grant writing, conference presentations, and publication in various scholarly outlets.

View the video below to learn more about why our current students joined the Institute's Ph.D. program.