The doctoral program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) prepares candidates to be:

  • Leaders in student affairs and academic administration
  • Graduate faculty at research universities
  • Leaders in conducting research about college students and higher education
  • Policy analysts in postsecondary institutions and public or private agencies
  • Teachers and academic leaders at two-year and four-year colleges


With its nationally known faculty, the HESA doctoral program is one of the country’s major doctoral-granting programs in the field of higher education and student affairs. HESA reflects a movement in the study and practice of American postsecondary education to integrate academic experiences with the co-curricular learning experiences of students, and to study the outcomes of both. The curriculum is organized around three core areas: Higher Education Administration & Policy; Teaching, Learning, and the College Experience; and Diversity, Equity, and Foundations of Higher Education.