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Programs

The Department of Higher Education offers the following programs.

Master’s Degrees

College Counseling and Student Development, M.S.

This program has a rich history of more than 40 years, and its balance of theory and practice prepares graduates for the exciting and ever-changing field of working with today's college students. This cohort-based program can be completed on site in Azusa in two years of internships and coursework. The culminating capstone experience allows students to synthesize their new knowledge for their professional application—for those new to the field and those seeking professional advancement.

Certificates

Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education

The Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education is designed for educators and leaders who already have a master’s degree and wish to deepen their knowledge and application of a strengths development model to their work in higher education.

Doctoral Degrees

Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D.

Qualifies graduates for leadership roles in colleges and universities, especially in student development, academic support, academic leadership, and institutional administration.

Higher Education, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Higher Education develops scholars who are able to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of that research through their writing, teaching, and leadership. This program serves higher education professionals who work full time while completing 16–20 units per year in the doctoral program.

Which One is for You—Ed.D. or Ph.D.?

Compare Higher Education’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. (PDF)

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.