Program Overview


Graduates of the Higher Education program at Florida State University pursue careers as administrators, scholars, and policymakers both in and out of the field of higher education. FSU offers programs of study leading to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. A student's program of study will focus on either the Ed.D., for practitioners, or the Ph.D., for researchers/academics. Within the Ph.D., students will pursue an emphasis in either Student Affairs or Public Policy of Higher Education. 

All doctoral programs require successful completion of 57 credit hours beyond the Master's degree plus 24 hours of dissertation credits. All doctoral credits must be completed with at least a 3.00 GPA. 

FSU's Higher Education doctoral programs are highly selective, and meeting minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Qualities we look for in applicants include:

  • Management and leadership experience in higher education
  • High achievement motivation
  • Personal and professional goals consistent with the program's mission
  • Evidence of outstanding written and oral communication skills

To learn more about the Higher Education Program, please click here

Program Contact

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, Higher Education Program Coordinator
1205 Stone Building
1114 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
850.645.8450 |

For admissions and general information:
Please contact Kendra Bumpus, Graduate Assistant for the Higher Education program at