At a Glance

Program units

60

Average completion time

4 years

Cost per unit

$903

Base cost

$54,180*

Accreditation

WASC

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.

Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education prepares graduates for positions as faculty, researchers, and academic leaders who are able to conduct original research that contributes to higher education policy and practice, and to interpret and communicate the results of that research through their writing, teaching, and leadership.

Program Highlights

  • Cohort model designed for working professionals in higher education
  • Sequenced, lock-step curriculum enables students to complete the full degree, including dissertation, within four years at a guaranteed tuition rate
  • Two weeks at APU each January and July, with online instruction and meetings at professional conferences in between
  • Unique strengths-based approach to teaching, learning, leadership, and research
  • Experienced faculty who are professionally active scholars committed to student success
  • International travel as part of the Global Policy course is included in the program fee and exposes all students to international higher education policy and practice
  • All students join a faculty member’s research team for two years of hands-on experience doing research that makes a difference
  • Leadership skills and competencies, including emotional intelligence, are woven throughout the curriculum
  • Comprehensive exams that are practical demonstrations of program competencies in leadership, critical issues in higher education, student success, and social justice/diversity
  • Social justice perspectives and faith integration are woven throughout the curriculum

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Which One is for You—Ed.D. or Ph.D.?

The Department of Higher Education also offers an Ed.D. in Higher Education for higher education professionals who work full time. Compare Higher Education’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. (PDF)

APU also offers an elementary and secondary education-focused Doctor of Education program through the School of Education.

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.