Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Leadership
College of Education
Advance within higher education leadership
Mercer University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership cultivates researchers, scholars, and practitioners by developing the skills, values, and motivation for growth in leadership positions. The Higher Education Leadership track is designed for college and university leaders and practitioners who wish to develop research-based leadership skills and aims to enhance and improve the effectiveness of public and private post-secondary leaders and researchers.
Graduates and current students hold significant positions in for-profit and non-profit institutions, colleges, and universities. The curriculum integrates principles of administration, management, organizational psychology, information technology, program evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Individuals who successfully complete this program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to hold a variety of mid-to-upper level jobs in higher education institutions and agencies, including roles such as:
- Other leadership positions in admissions, financial aid, housing and residence life, and student services
Expand your knowledge
Through program curriculum, students will gain knowledge in:
- Understanding the importance of education in society and of the significance of leaders and the effects they have on society
- Skills required for successful careers in leadership in schools, colleges and universities, corporations, and other educational agencies
- Seeking continuous development throughout their careers by becoming self-initiating professionals who build upon knowledge of inquiry and motivation to renew their skills
Designed for busy and working adults
Mercer’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership is offered in a convenient, blended weekend format and new cohorts begin once per year in May. Classes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning with three Saturday in-person sessions per semester. Saturday seminars meet on Mercer’s Atlanta campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a midday break. In addition to the regular class sessions, students have the opportunity for individual advising and consultation with faculty via a variety of formats. Classes are taken sequentially over 11 semesters in 16-week terms.
Each year, students come together on Mercer’s Atlanta campus to network and learn from experts in educational leadership. This includes cohorts from the M.Ed., Ed.S., and Ph.D. programs. The Leadership Academy includes breakout sessions to expose candidates to diverse ideas and methods, covering topics that complement and enhance the learning experience.