Higher Education Administration

Study mode:Online Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:513 Duration:48 months

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The Higher Ed LEAD Program is built around the needs of the working professional. This cohort program offers the curriculum in a blended format. Classes are offered online with students attending three weekend per semester held in rotation at UF and across the state of Florida–including the annual Community College Futures Assembly. The degree can be completed in four years of part-time study.

The Higher Education Administration Program’s faculty and alumni are recognized nationwide for their leadership and contributions to the development of the community college and the emerging state college system. The program sponsors the Community College Futures Assembly which convenes annually as an independent policy think-tank to 1) identify the critical issues colleges are facing, and 2) to recognize competitively selected trend-setting Bellwether Award programs that are worthy of other colleges replicating. The Assembly is an integral part of the curriculum of the Higher Ed LEAD program which provides students unparralled access to network and learn from and with trustees, presidents, vice-presidents, deans, and policy leaders nationwide.


Courses Include:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Higher Education Finance
  • The Community College in America
  • Theory of Student Development
  • Curriculum in Higher Education
  • Diversity Issues in Higher Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Law and Higher Education
  • Resource Development in Higher Education

In addition to the core coursework, students take courses in educational research and research design in preparation to write a doctoral dissertation Students will also participate annually in one state and one national or international professional conference related to their career goals during the program.


Current entrance requirements include three or more years of practical experience, a full-time professional role in education, an upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.0, GRE scores that range between 450-600 each on the verbal and math sections, and an essay on an assigned topic. You should know that the GRE is only one criterion. The admissions committee reviews all application materials using all available evidence on a case-by-case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80


New doctoral students that begin in the fall term can be considered for a UF Graduate School doctoral fellowship. The purpose of the fellowships is to prepare the next generation of researchers in the area of Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education. Funded at nationally competitive levels, these highly prestigious awards support students in earning a Ph.D. Doctoral students who earn a UF Graduate School fellowship receive four full years of funding in the form of a tuition waiver and a nationally competitive stipend. Most doctoral students with a UF Graduate School fellowship receive both research and teaching assignments throughout their doctoral program. The University expects fellowship recipients to demonstrate high standards of academic achievement and participation in university life. The fellowships are very competitive and the number of fellowships awarded varies from year to year.

All full-time doctoral students may apply each semester for a graduate teaching assistantship or a graduate research assistantship. Students with assistantships must take 9 credits of coursework and their tuition is covered along with receiving a small stipend. Again, assistantship positions are competitive.

To be considered for the fellowship and assistantships, you should complete the assistantship application form found in the admission packet.

We encourage all students to consult the UF Financial Aid Office to see what funding opportunities/sources are available.



The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and thus all UF degree programs carry this accreditation (and are held to very high peer-review and administrative/bureaucratic approval processes during the development of courses and programs).

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