Doctoral students will conduct traditional research for the Ph.D. or a practitioner-focused action research capstone project for the Ed.D. Students interested in the Ed.D. program might find themselves using research in the future, implementing education best practices and educational theories, or developing specific solutions that contribute to change or that have policy implications. Interested Ph.D. candidates might find themselves doing research in the future, advancing educational theories, and proposing general implications for the discipline and recommendations for future research.
Students in Higher Education are eligible for the W. L. Pierce Higher Education Leadership Award as well as a number of scholarships through the USM Foundation.
The M.Ed. with emphasis in Student Affairs affords students the opportunity to complete practicum experiences in a variety of student affairs functional areas.
Specific admissions requirements include a statement of intent, acceptable GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and prior academic transcripts.