Doctoral Programs

Department of Higher Education: A Strengths-Oriented Program

APU’s Department of Higher Education offers the only Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in the country that take a strengths-based approach to higher education. This approach encourages students, faculty, and staff to identify and build on their talents as the most effective way of learning, facing new challenges, and reaching levels of excellence.

Upon entry to the program, students focus on their strengths, learning to develop and leverage them to achieve excellence. The department partners closely with the Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education, which enables doctoral students to become active participants in research related to this newly developed field of strengths in higher education.