Course of Study
Our comprehensive curriculum, high-quality instruction, and advising enables graduates to provide excellent leadership for U.S. community colleges.
The faculty reflect a unique mix of researchers and practitioners, ensuring a broad-based, comprehensive graduate experience for students.
Students typically complete their degree in 3 years. Coursework takes 2 years to complete, and the length of time to complete the dissertation is dependent on the student’s schedule and topic. Over 80% of students who start the program, complete the program.
Students may take up to 12 credits as a non-degree student if they wish to try the program before applying to it.
Visit the Advising Center to view the typical fall, spring, and summer course schedule.
CCL 820 – Community College Leadership
FOUN 812 – Advanced Research Design & Analysis
Prerequisites: Doctoral students with no prior coursework in statistics must enroll in FOUN 722. Doctoral students with no prior coursework in educational research must enroll in FOUN 611
Select 2 from the following:
CCL 868 – Internship in Community College Leadership
CCL 899 – Dissertation (9 credits minimum)
All courses are offered online or at the Summer Institute.
Students engage in live, synchronous online courses via Adobe Connect throughout the year.
Students attend an annual, two-week Summer Institute where they engage faculty, colleagues, and guest scholars from across the country.
Note: CCL 868 Internship in Community College Leadership (3 credits) is required for all doctoral students who have not served in a full-time administrative position for at least three years prior to admission.
Students who enter the Ph.D. program have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and goals. For this reason they have the ability, through consultation with their advisor, to tailor their coursework to fulfill their degree obligations towards these goals. Courses may be taken in the following departments: Community College Leadership, Educational Leadership Services, Foundations, Higher Education, and International Studies, as long as the course is delivered in a format that allows students to access the course.