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Educational Administration and Foundations - Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration concentration is available to candidates who hold a master's degree, and have experience (teaching, administrative, or staff) in a higher education institute. Those seeking administrative positions generally work toward a Doctor of Education degree, while those who wish to focus on research pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The higher education concentration allows experienced educators and administrators to advance their knowledge in ways that will further their careers and enable them to make further contributions to higher education.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a doctoral program must:

  • have earned a master's degree or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the specific doctoral program
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for all graduate-level coursework
  • Submit two professional letters of reference. You will be asked to submit their contact information while applying on the on-line system. At least one letter should come from an academic source. A second letter may come from a supervisor/administrator. Additional letters may be included. The letters MUST address the following with examples or details:
    1. Leadership experiences and ability to make a difference as a higher education leader including the ability to work with colleagues and staff as a team;
    2. Communication skills and demonstrated academic writing ability that displays analytical and critical thinking strengths; and
    3. Potential to conduct academic research independently
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • submit an updated resume
  • responses to questions related to the goals of the program. Complete an essay responding to the following questions.
  • submit an academic/research writing sample
  • have at least two years experience in higher education or in a related agency/organization.
  • submit names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application

An interview with the doctoral admissions committee and program faculty (either in person or by Skype) will also be scehduled May 1-18, 2016. You will hear from us by June 1, 2016.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  April 18, 2016 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Lenford Sutton  DeGarmo 331  (309) 438-4630 
2016-08-30T13:46:29.206-05:00 2016