Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Education Specialization in Higher Education Administration

Miami Shores * St. Petersburg

"This doctoral program is centered on the student, not the faculty."

Carmen McCrink, PhD
Associate Professor and Department Chair,
Higher Education Administration

The PhD in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Higher Education Administration is diversified in scope and can prepare a student for teaching and administrative positions in community colleges, four year colleges, and universities, or a career path in the industry.

This doctoral program prepares you to positively contribute to areas such as research, policy development, law, history of education, and the teaching/learning process. Through a diversified curriculum, you will be exposed to leadership theories, dynamics of change, and the integration of a cybernetics framework and be prepared to work toward a research platform and teaching agenda that complement the higher education context.

At a Glance

This program requires that you complete a minimum of 54 post-master’s credits. These credits are distributed as follows:

12 credits- Leadership Foundations
15 credits- Higher Education Administration Core
3 credits- Higher Education Administration Elective
18 credits- Research
6 credits- Dissertation
54 credits- TOTAL

Accommodating Working Professionals

Each class meets once a week in the evenings throughout the semester. The program is purposefully designed for the working professional pursuing a doctoral degree. By enrolling in two classes per semester, a doctoral student who works full-time can complete the required courses in 3 years or less. Review the Adrian Dominican School of Education Dissertation Handbook regarding an approximate timeframe for the completion of dissertation work.


At Barry University, the student-teacher ratio is small so you always receive personal attention from the distinguished faculty. From your first semester until the completion of your dissertation, the faculty mentors and takes a keen interest in your professional development.

An Affordable Education

Barry is committed to making your education affordable. You may qualify for financial aid and tuition discounts for educators.