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Community College Leadership

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.

Core Courses

CCL 820 – Community College Leadership
CCL 824 – Community College Finance
CCL 826 – Community College Curriculum & Program Development
CCL 830 – Community College Politics and Policy Development
HIED 808 – Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
HIED 852 – Higher Education Law
HIED 866 – The Modern Community College
SEPS 865 – Trends and Issues of Economic and Workforce Development
COUN 807 – Adult and Student Development

Research Courses

FOUN 822 – Applied Linear Models OR FOUN 823 – ANOVA
FOUN 812 – Advanced Research Design & Analysis
FOUN 813 – Advanced Program Assessment & Evaluation
FOUN 814 – Qualitative Research
FOUN 881 – Dissertation Seminar

Field Experiences

CCL 868 – Community College Leadership Internship


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.