Higher Education Administration, Ed.D, Ph.D

The Higher Education Administration Program is designed for educators whose interests lie in effective practice in a post-secondary setting, and for those seeking faculty positions in higher education. The program is germane for those who seek advanced professional preparation for managing and administering programs and services in colleges and universities, and for those who seek tenure-track positions in higher education departments. In addition to required core courses and a foundation in research, we offer content areas that allows students to choose an option that best fits their academic and career interests. These areas are:


  • an approved outside minor
  • a community college emphasis
  • a research minor 
  • a  teaching in higher education emphasis
  • certificates in Adult Education, Community College Leadership, and Institutional Research

The Higher Education Administration program offers the doctor of education (Ed.D.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Students do not have to have received prior degrees in higher education to be admitted.


Doctoral Minor in Higher Education Administration


Students majoring in a different discipline at the doctoral level may also wish to pursue a doctoral minor in higher education administration. The objectives of the doctoral minor are to prepare persons to:


  •  Understand the role of an administrator in a higher education setting
  • Work as an academic administrator or student services administrator in a higher education setting
  • Examine how the role of an administrator in higher education affects other faculty, staff, and students.

A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours is required for the doctoral minor in higher education administration.




Program at a Glance Ed.D. Effective Fall 2010 (PDF)


Program at a Glance Ph.D. Effective Fall 2010(PDF)


Program at a Glance, Doctoral Minor


Admissions Procedures


Course Descriptions


Course Schedule Summer 2012 - 2013


Course Rotation 2013 - 2016


Frequently Asked Questions



Higher Education Administration Faculty


Lilian H. Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Program Coordinator 


Georgianna Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D.



R. Eric Platt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Adjunct Professors

Eddie Holloway
Aubrey Lucas
Joe Paul
Terrell Tisdale
Russ Willis


For more information, contact

Program Coordinator

Dr. Lilian H. Hill


Administrative Assistant

Doris Vines


Office Address

Department of Educational Studies and Research
135 Owings-McQuagge Hall
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5093
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001
Fax: 601.266.4233