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Department of Higher Education

The Department of Higher Education offers master’s and doctoral programs. The master’s program is a two-year campus-based program that utilizes a cohort model. The EdD and PhD programs are also offered in a cohort model; the EdD program is a three-year campus-based program offered in Azusa for one week each June and nine weekends a year (Fridays and Saturdays), while the PhD program involves two-week visits to the Azusa campus in early January and again in July.

The master’s program is the MS in College Counseling and Student Development. The doctoral programs include a PhD in Higher Education and an EdD in Higher Education Leadership.

The Department of Higher Education offers a master’s program and two doctoral programs. Learn more about the department and meet the faculty.

The department utilizes a strengths development approach, identifying and nurturing students’ strengths as the foundation for engaging them in the learning process and achieving excellence. Learn more about how APU advances the strengths movement (PDF).

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.