Housed within the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education (HESI) program at the University of Maryland, the Higher Education Concentration (HEC) is designed to prepare graduate students for faculty positions, leadership positions in higher education administration, and policy analysis. Students benefit from a strong emphasis in the curriculum on diversity, organizational change and leadership in higher education; on the development of research skills and knowledge, and from internship experiences at the University of Maryland, other campuses in the region, state and federal government agencies, and in D.C. associations and policy- making organizations. HEC prepares individuals to understand the organizational, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of colleges and universities so that policy makers and campus leaders might be informed to better serve the public good. 

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For more information visit the graduate admission requirements webpage. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an Inquiry Form


Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.  International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.  For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password.  Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.  Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

Please contact the Office of Student Services,, or (301) 405-2364.

Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Carol Scott at (301) 405-8384 or

For a list of the College of Education Scholarship opportunities visit:  /admissions/ financial-aid-scholarships

For information about additional funding opportunities, including the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship availability visit:    

For information about other student financial aid, review the Office of the Student Financial Aid website.

Doctoral Program

Ph.D. students are required to take a minimum of 90 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, some of which may be satisfied by prior study in a master’s program.  In addition to the core and elective courses, this program includes 12 to 15 credits in research methods, an internship, and 12 credits of dissertation research.  Average completion is five years if enrolled full time.

Required Core Courses - 9 credits

EDCP 870 Doctoral First-Year Seminar (3 credits)

EDHI 672 Modes of Inquiry in Education Research (3 credits)

EDHI 895 Research Critique Seminar (3 credits)

Research Methods Courses - 12 credits

At least 3 credits of which are quantitative, at least 3 credits of which are qualitative and two additional research courses. Choose from the following list of research methods courses or alternative research methods courses approved by advisor:

Quantitative research methods courses to choose from:

EDHI 778Y State-Level Higher Education Research

PUAF 610 Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy

PUAF 611 Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues

PUAF 798R Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy

ANTH 630 Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology

SOCY 601 Statistics for Sociological Research I

SOCY 602 Statistics for Sociological Research II

SURV 615 Statistical Methods I

SURV 616 Statistical Methods II

COMM 702 Intermediate Quantitative Data Analysis in Communications Research

EDPS 703 Quantitative Applications for Education Policy Analysis

GVPT 622 Quantitative Methods for Political Science

GVPT 722 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Political Science

Qualitative research methods courses to choose from include:

EDHI 700 Qualitative Research Methods in Education

COMM 714 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research

COMM 715 Advanced Qualitative Methods

EDPS 730 Seminar on Case Study Methods

EDPS 735 Phenomenological Inquiry I

EDPS 736 Phenomenological Inquiry II

EDCP 773 Designing Qualitative Research in Counseling & Student Affairs Contexts

FMSC780 Qualitative Methods in Family and Health Research

EDCI 791 Qualitative Research I: Design and Fieldwork

EDCI 792 Qualitative Research II: Analysis and Interpretation of Data

Cognate Courses - Up to 24 credits

Courses in support field (Master's degree or electives)

Domain Knowledge - 18 credits

Choose at least six courses from among the following:

EDHI 660 Retention Theories and the Impact of College

EDHI 662 Research on Ethnic Minorities and Demographic Trends

EDHI 664 The College Experience

EDHI 665 College Access and Choice

EDHI 666 The Academic Profession

EDHI 667 Women in Higher Education

EDHI 676 Ranking Systems in Higher Education

EDHI 752 State Systems in Higher Education

EDHI 754 Higher Education Finance

EDHI 755 Federal Policies in Post-Secondary Education

EDCP 770 Service Learning and College Student Development

EDHI 788 State-Level Higher Education Research

EDHI 853 Leadership in Higher Education

Disciplinary Perspectives - 15 credits

Disciplinary courses will be selected from Department, College, and University offerings to meet the individual needs of the student.

Dissertation research – 12 credits

EDHI 899

Total credits beyond Bachelor's Degree – 90

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Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year. Students should refer to the deadlines listed in Important Dates  prior to the beginning of the degree completion semester.  

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384


Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 


Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. Current graduate students, please visit the Graduate Studies forms webpage.