The Ph.D. in Education (College Student Affairs Administration-Athens Campus only) provides you with the knowledge and skills to create and enhance the educational environments of colleges and universities.

Through research, coursework, discussion, and out-of-class experiences, this program helps foster intellectual, psychosocial, and professional growth. We prepare you to advance professionally as faculty members and college student affairs educators.

Degree Type: Doctoral

Degree Program Code: PHD_EDUC

Degree Program Summary:

The Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration uses a theory-to-practice-to-theory philosophy and model. This design educates scholar-practitioners and professionals engaged in evidence-based work contributing new knowledge to the field.

Coursework readies students for advanced positions in college student affairs administration, faculty positions in graduate student affairs preparation programs, and positions in student affairs assessment, evaluation, and outcomes research.

Full-time students generally complete the Ph.D. in three to four years. While the program admits both full-time and part-time students, all doctoral students meet weekly in a doctoral seminar.

In this program, you will:

  • Take courses related to theoretical foundations and practical applications of student affairs work
  • Select additional courses in relevant areas to support research and other interests
  • Receive training in both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Partner with faculty as part of a research team
  • Complete at least one teaching internship
  • Prepare both an initial independent research project and a dissertation involving original research

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

Mary Frances Early College of Education

110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602



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